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Large fire that damaged multiple homes in Mooresville was intentionally set, officials say

Firefighters were called to a housing development that went up in flames around midnight Tuesday.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A huge fire that destroyed several homes under construction earlier this week in Mooresville was intentionally set, officials said.

"We are now shifting our efforts to the task of identifying the person or persons responsible for this terrible act to find out why someone would purposely inflict this level of damage to another’s property," said Mooresville Fire Marshal Geoff Woolard. "Thankfully, there were no civilian injuries in this incident."

According to firefighters at the scene, first responders were called to a reported fire in the Ashlyn Creek subdivision on Samara Lane, which is off Kistler Farm Road, around midnight Tuesday. 

When firefighters arrived, they found multiple buildings on fire. Mooresville Fire Department said some of the homes were expected to be total losses due to the damage.

Credit: Scott Brotherton

The fire broke out in a housing development that's still under construction. Firefighters said no one was hurt, and several houses were damaged in the fire.

The smoke cloud from the fire was so large it showed up on radar, according to First Warn chief meteorologist Brad Panovich.

If you say anything out of the ordinary in The Reserve or Ashlyn Creek neighborhoods in the days leading up to or on the night of October 22, please call Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

Callers may stay anonymous, and a cash reward is possible if the information leads to an arrest.

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