Greensboro pawn shop fire determined ‘unintentional’


GREENSBORO, N.C. — A fire that destroyed a pawn shop in Greensboro on Monday and killed an employee is being viewed as “unintentional” by investigators.

The fire broke out at USA Pawn on Randleman Road in Greensboro on April 7.

After the flames were extinguished and firefighters conducted a search of the interior of the building, they found a deceased person inside.

Police identified the body as Richard Mao from Randleman.

Officers haven’t said specifically how Mao died, only that his death was consistent with the exposure to a building fire.

The fire is being viewed as unintentional, but the cause remains undetermined.

Representatives from the Greensboro Police Department, SBI, ATF and private investigative firms assisted with the investigation.

Deputy Fire Marshal Todd Lynch stated that “it is not unusual for a fire investigation to conclude without an actual cause of ignition being revealed.”

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