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Arson Suspected in Hoke Fire

Posted May 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Firefighters were called to a farm just after 4 a.m. Monday morning, where two chicken houses were ablaze.

Hoke County Fire Marshal Mitchell Byrd there were no birds in the houses. He said the blaze began low on the wall, moved up and spread across the underside of the roof and down the opposite side.

The structures are valued at $100,000 - $115,000 each and the fire marshal estimated the damage at $60,000 - $70,000 each. Also, a vehicle was burned separately beside the buildings.

Arson is suspected, and Byrd is continuing his investigation at the scene. An area has been found where diesel fuel may have been spread. Also involved in the blaze were chemicals stored inside the chicken houses.

No suspects have been mentioned. Owner Willie Sampson said that neighbors have been complaining about the houses.

Sampson has a total of four houses at the site. He built the facility in 1992, and said he intends to rebuild.

The houses are located on Albert Curry Road near the Robeson County line.