09/19/10 95 W, 1 I - + 7 - 3 Another Suspicious Fire [Not Really] Near Clayton

Abandoned house at 738 Strickland Road. Reported about 11:00 p.m. last night. Wilson Mills, Smithfield, and Selma fire departments. Officials consider the fire "very suspicious," reports this WRAL story. The building had been abandoned for decades. This is the ninth unoccupied home that's been intentionally set or suspected of same since October 2009. Yesterday's fire was three miles from Monday's suspicious fire in the Glen Laurel subdivision [reports WRAL. As reader comment's note, the actual distance is closer to 7 or 8 miles! ]. Read the entire story.

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After taking an Arson class from one of our WC-1’s, I snicker everytime I read about a fire deemed “suspicious”...(as opposed to “under investigation”)
rookie - 09/19/10 - 12:51

I concur rookie, that was one of the most frustrating things to deal with during my tenure as a fire investigator. Suspicious is not a cause of fire. The circumstances, however, can be “very suspicious” as the article notes. Unfortunately many tend to confuse the two.
AP - 09/19/10 - 20:07

Another great WRAL report…3 miles from Mondays fire in Glen Laurel?? Those two locations are more than 7 miles apart!!
JCFF - 09/20/10 - 00:45

Maybe it was 3 miles via Sky5!
JJ - 09/20/10 - 06:18

Posting updated accordingly.

Two fires in the county overnight! http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/09/20/6..

There’s probably greater and will continue to be greater coverage of JC fires these days, due to the context of suspicious-ness.

Legeros - 09/20/10 - 07:12

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