Firefighters: 3 house fires in Charlotte intentionally set

Firefighters: 3 house fires in Charlotte intentionally set

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 4:15 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arson investigators are looking at three house fires in Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week that they say were set on purpose.

No one was injured in the fire that started Tuesday in an abandoned apartment unit near the intersection of West 25th Street and Poplar Street in north Charlotte.

On Wednesday there was another fire near West 28th Street and Poplar.

Captain Rob Brisley of the Charlotte Fire Department said, "This is the second structure fire within about 24 hours in the same neighborhood."

The department's Arson Investigation Task Force began an investigation.

Then, before Wednesday was over, there was another fire -- this time in east Charlotte on Wildleaf Court.

On Thursday night, Atha Rose was sitting on her front porch on Poplar Street.

"Danger, danger.  I mean it's very dangerous living out here like this," Rose said.

From her porch she could look across the street and see the first unit that burned.  The neighborhood has a number of abandoned units and she said she is afraid.

"I'm afraid someone will break into my house thinking it is abandoned," she said.

Firefighters have not said if an accelerant was used to spread the fires and they will not say if they believe the three fires are related.

The family that lives in the Wildleaf Court home said they believe investigators know who set the fire in their home.

If anyone has information they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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