Vacant house fire, third in the area, is under investigation by deputies

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 10:49 PM

A vacant house on North Pine Street burned to ruins just before daybreak Thursday morning.

Harold Henrick, fire marshal for Vance County, confirmed it is the third vacant house fire in just more than a month. The other two were not far from North Pine.

“We have had a couple of them within the same area,” Henrich said. “They’re all still under investigation. The others were to smaller homes that took place in the past few months.”

According to Henrich, the estimated loss Thursday at 1015 North Pine Street was about $80,000.

Because the fire occurred just outside city limits in the extra-territorial jurisdiction, City of Henderson fire crews helped get the fire under control, according to chief Danny Wilkerson.

“We were involved with that fire as part of our automatic mutual aid agreement into the ETJ area of the county,” Wilkerson said.

Henrich added that Vance County Fire, Rescue and EMS departments responded along with volunteer crews from Cokesbury, Bearpond and Kittrell.

“It took us probably 45 minutes to get it under control,” Hendricks said.

According to Hendricks, he and investigators with the Vance County Sheriff’s Office are cooperating in the ongoing probe of the fires in that area.

A sheriff’s office incident report noted the blaze as a “structure fire,” and did not note a crime of arson specifically.

The sheriff’s report noted the victim of loss from the fire as William Henderson, a resident of a different Henderson address.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.