WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem fire investigators say they are dealing with an upsurge of intentionally set fires in recent weeks; at least 13 in total since May 25.
The most recent major fire has been officially ruled as arson. That fire took place on 22nd Street Monday afternoon. Fire officials say there was no electricity and no gas hooked up to the home, which was vacant at the time. It appears the fire started on the front porch with some type of undetermined open flame.
About 12 hours earlier, another vacant house on Waughtown Street also went up in flames. This home was so heavily damaged that investigators are unable to determine if it was intentionally set or not, it will go down as undetermined, but arson is a possibility.
Two other house fires took place earlier in the month, on June 5, within about a mile and a half of each other. One was on Cannon Avenue and the other was on Ivy Avenue. It appears the Ivy Avenue fire started in the common area of the home. Both of the fires are still under investigation with the possibility of arson.
On June 10, there were two separate fires which appear to be intentionally set. One was a woods fire on Milford Street, while the other was a house fire on Bertha Street.
A separate woods fire investigated as arson was set on June 22 on Hickory Ridge Drive.
Several other fires include house, brush and trash fires within recent weeks. Other fires still under investigation could also be categorized as arson.
Investigators say they are still working to determine if any of the fires are connected.