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SBI called in as arson suspected in string of Lincoln County fires



Ray Gora / Lincoln TImes-News
Flames consumed an eastern Lincoln County lakefront vacation home early Wednesday morning.




Staff Writer



The State Bureau of Investigation’s Arson Team has been called in to assist Lincoln County Sheriff’s detectives and the Fire Marshal’s Office regarding three mysterious blazes since December, two of which occurred at unoccupied homes on the same eastern county street, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Flames consumed a Denver lakefront vacation home, owned by a Charlotte man, early Wednesday morning at 2558 Ranger Island Road, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

East Lincoln firefighters were called to the scene just before 4:30 a.m., and upon arrival, witnessed fire leaping from the roof of the two-story home, Capt. Lee Keever told the Times-News.

Fire officials said the residence was 50 percent destroyed in the incident. A neighbor called 911 after spotting smoke, the release said.

Agencies from Denver, Huntersville and Pumpkin Center assisted East Lincoln crews in extinguishing the fire.

A home across the street from the vacation property was damaged by fire around the same time of morning on Dec. 29, deputies said.

Lastly, law enforcement and fire officials will be looking into a suspicious blaze that engulfed an unoccupied mobile home just after 7 a.m. Dec. 31 at the intersection of Unity Church Road and Cherry Point Road, also in Denver.

Sheriff David Carpenter assured the community that investigators plan to do everything possible to solve the unexplained incidents.

“We are not leaving any stones unturned,” he said in the release.

Anyone with information on any of the three incidents is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050.

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