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Cary police investigate suspicious brush fires

Posted March 1, 2011 10:35 a.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2011 6:11 a.m. EST

— Cary authorities said Tuesday that they are investigating a string of suspicious fires that appear to be the work of an arsonist.

Police and firefighters have responded to 15 small fires within the Cary Parkway loop in the last week that authorities said appear to have been set. All but one of the fires involved burning brush and pine straw in isolated, open areas, they said.

"We believe somebody is setting them because of the nature they were set and how quickly back-to-back to one another they were set," Cary Police Capt. Mike Williams said.

The most recent fire broke out early Sunday.

Rick Quinnones' backyard and neighborhood are next to the wooded area where the fire ignited. 

"I looked out my kitchen window and saw the flames. There were trees that were engulfed at the time. I called the fire department, and they were here in less than two minutes," he said. 

Police said they are concerned because small brush fires can turn into massive, destructive blazes. 

Authorities asked that people report the presence of anyone in secluded or out-of-the-way areas not normally used by pedestrians.

People should call the Cary Police Department at 919-469-4324 or Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.