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Suspicious fires set near Fayetteville schools

Posted December 15, 2010 10:40 a.m. EST

— The Fayetteville Fire Department on Wednesday alerted people who live near a wooded area behind Douglas Byrd Middle School and Douglas Byrd High School that several suspicious woods fires have been set in the area.

The fires have caused no major damage to property or caused any injury, but authorities expressed concern that damage or injury could result if more fires are set. They asked residents on Odom Drive, Coventry Road and Alleghany Road to be vigilant for suspicious activity.

The middle and high schools also are on alert, authorities said.

The Fayetteville fire and police departments and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office have discussed how to address their growing concerns about the fires. The state Division of Forest Resources has been notified and has responded to several of the fires.

Residents in the area are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477 if they have any information regarding any of the fires or call 911 if they observe suspicious individuals or behavior in the area. They also can call the Cumberland County Ranger at 910-483-1535 for additional information.