Another Johnston County fire called suspicious


Fire officials say an abandoned home off of Highway 301 and Boyette Road caught fire. No injuries were reported.

Authorities were on the scene overnight trying to determine if the incident is related to recent fires that have plagued rural Johnston County since last year.

Investigators just announced their investigation Thursday of several suspicious fires in Smithfield that they believe are the work of an arsonist. Three fires were set from August 25, 2010 to September 25, 2010 in vacant homes -- two were on the same street.

All of the homes were listed for sale when they burned.

Other suspicious fires in Johnston County include almost a dozen fires, some of which started in homes under construction in the Glen Laurel subdivision. Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps police make an arrest.

Clayton police say someone has targeted nine buildings under construction over the past 12 months.

If you have information about the Clayton fires, call the Clayton Police Department at (919) 553-4611 or Clayton Crime Stoppers at (919) 359-TIPZ (8479).

Anyone with information about the Smithfield fires set from August 25, 2010 to September 25, 2010, can contact the Smithfield Police Department 919-934-2121 and ask to speak with Lt. Powell or Detective Johnson.

And if you have information about the latest fire in Four Oaks, call the Four Oaks Police Department at (919) 963-3112.

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