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Officials probe two arson fires in Raleigh

Posted September 8, 2008 12:58 p.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2008 9:16 p.m. EDT

— Fire investigators said that arson caused fires Sunday at two houses 8 miles apart in southern Raleigh.

The first fire broke out in a single-wide mobile home at 2508 Mazurka Court around 7:20 p.m., according to the incident report. Heavy smoke poured out, and flames had engulfed half of the building when firefighters arrived.

Twenty-five firefighters brought the blaze under control in less than a half an hour.

Three people inside the mobile home escaped the fire uninjured. Seventy-five percent of the mobile home was damaged, rendering it uninhabitable.

The second fire broke out in a two-story house covered with brick and vinyl siding at 6135 Paducah Drive around 9:45 p.m. Flames and smoke were coming from the second story, but about two dozen firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 15 minutes, according to the report on that blaze.

No one was home when the fire broke out, but three people were displaced.

Officials have not made any connection between the two cases of arson. The investigation into the fires was ongoing Monday.