'Catastrophic' fire at Durham townhome was intentionally set, investigators say

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'Catastrophic' fire at Durham townhome called arson
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'Catastrophic' fire at Durham townhome called arson

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- The massive fire that burned through a Durham townhome complex under construction was intentionally set, according to investigators.

A task force comprised of local and state fire investigators unanimously determined that the August 11 fire at Gorve Townhomes was an arson.

Investigators described the 2-alarm fire as a "catastrophic fire event."

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There is no known motive for the arson, but investigators said the case remains under investigation.

Durham Police Department has now launched a formal criminal investigation into the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Durham Fire Marshal's Office at 919-560-4242 x19239 or Durham Police Department at 919-560-4935 x29416.