Authorities suspect foul play may have been involved in three fires which broke out nearly simultaneously on the north side of town earlier in the month.
At 5:08 a.m. on April 2, Mount Airy Fire Department personnel responded to a home located at 1717 North Main St. A fire had broken out, but firefighters had the situation under control within 30 minutes. However, their work that morning was far from complete.
At 6:08 a.m. firefighters were summoned to 2036 Springs Road, where a garage was ablaze. Sixteen minutes later, a call for service at 1920 North Main St. came in. At that address, a camper had erupted in flames.
Firefighters were able to extinguish all three blazes in relatively quick fashion, and authorities estimated the total property damage equated to about $6,500. Nobody was injured as a result of the three fires.
The area had seen heavy rains the night prior to the fires. Additionally, the three fires were only separated by about a quarter-mile.
In the hours following the blazes, authorities, who were still gathering information, labelled the fires as simply “under investigation.”
That categorization has recently changed.
“The official ruling is that we consider them to be suspicious in nature,” said Fire Chief Zane Poindexter. “The investigation is ongoing and we are working hand-in-hand with other authorities.”
Detective Paul Barker, of the Mount Airy Police Department, echoed Poindexter’s remarks. He said releasing further information could hamper an investigation.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.