Landscaping business hit for second time by apparent arson

By on January 14, 2015

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Firefighters cut through the bay door. (Sam Walker)

Police are investigating a suspected arson in Kill Devil Hills late Tuesday night that involved a business that has already been the target of arson and vandalism less than two months ago in Nags Head.

A call to 911 at 10:25 p.m. reported a fire in progress in the 200 block of West Fresh Pond Drive at a building shared by Albemarle Landscaping and Wise Flooring.

Firefighters arrived a short time later and had the blaze under control in about a half hour according to radio traffic.

No injuries were reported, but the eastern half of the building occupied by the landscaping company was heavily damaged, including two vehicles and a chipper.

A truck and trailer outside were also vandalized and the tires slashed.

The western half of the building suffered smoke damage, and firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading through a central wall.

The cause of the fire is still being investigation. Police say it likely was intentionally set and an arson investigator from the State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist.

Albemarle Landscaping also suffered losses due to suspected arson and vandalism on Nov. 21 at a location on Lark Drive in Nags Head.

Both departments are cooperating in their probes of the incidents, but no suspects have been named.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department directly, or anonymously through Crime Line, which offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

An additional $5,000 in reward money is being offered by Albemarle Landscaping for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in these cases.

Crime Line’s number is (252) 473-3111 and tips can be submitted through www.darecommunitycrimeline.org.



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