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Multiple Fires Set Intentionally In Asheville

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Investigators need your help in tracking down a firebug on the loose.

The Asheville Fire Department has responded to eight structure fires in the past five days.

Investigators say four of those sites were intentionally set.

"Any time there are a number of fires in close proximity, it certainly rasies an alarm for us," said Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette.

On Monday, investigators were back at the scene of a vacant mill in the River Arts District that went up in flames last week.

Two days later another fire broke out at the future site of the New Belgium Brewery also located in the River Arts District.

Two unoccupied buildings were damaged. Officials say both were scheduled for demolition.

Investigators now must figure out what and who started the fires, and if they are connected.

Property owners nearby to the burned structures have their own suspicions.

"We knew that there was a possibility that there were some vagrants in it," said Eileen Black, owner of The Potters Mark.

"I don't think anybody is necessarily targeting that area," says Joshua Tant. "If it is an arsonist, its probably just for careless fun."

While the investigation continues, Asheville Police will increase its presence in the area.

The Fire Department are asking for your help in obtaining any information related to these fires.

Contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050 or send a tip via text message specifically to the Asheville PD by Texting "APDTIP plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES).

April 1st 40 Simpson St. – Cause: Intentionally Set
April 1st 28 Waters Rd. – Cause: Unintentional
April 2nd 45 Oregon Ave. – Cause: Unintentional
April 2nd 159 Riverside Dr. – Cause: Intentionally Set
April 3rd 2500 River Ridge Dr. – Cause: Undetermined
April 5th 165 Craven St. – Cause: Intentionally Set
April 5th 91 Craven St. – Cause: Intentionally Set
April 6th 16 Shady Oak Dr. – Cause: Undetermined

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