Investigators working to determine cause of 2 fires at same Asheboro townhomes within 12 hours

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Investigators are trying to determine what caused two fires at the same set of townhomes in Asheboro within 12 hours.

The first fire broke out around 4 p.m. Monday at a townhouse on Humble Road.

Firefighters battled the blaze for about three hours and determined the fire likely started in the kitchen.

The families in two townhomes were displaced and power was cut off to both.

Both families came back to get some belongings around 9 p.m. Monday and said there was no sign of fire or smoke.

Then at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning firefighters returned to the same set of townhomes where a second fire broke out. Crews said when they arrived flames were visible through the roof.

All of the belongings left in the townhomes were destroyed by the second fire.

Occupants of both homes said they were recently homeless and had just saved the money to move in.

The Red Cross is assisting both families and has put them up in the Fairfield Inn in Asheboro.

Investigators are expected to be on the scene for a while to determine what caused the fire.