Fire at High Point duplex deemed arson

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Investigators said a fire from Tuesday night at a duplex in High Point was arson.

According to a news release from the High Point Fire Department, a fire was reported around 9 p.m. Monday at a duplex at 1404 Furlough Ave.  The occupants of the duplex were safely evacuated and firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was deemed electrical and unintentional.

Shortly after 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, firefighters again responded to the same location after the blaze apparently rekindled.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the area was wet down to prevent another rekindling.

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded for a third time to the same location where they found “heavy fire involvement.” The fire was extinguished and High Point Fire Marshal Mike Levins began investigating.

After ruling out all accidental causes of the third fire, Levins ruled it was intentionally set.

Utilities were cut to both units at the duplex the night of the first fire.  A total of four residents were displaced as a result.  The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents, firefighters said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about who set the third fire is asked to call Levins at (336) 883-3276.

No other details were provided.