Officials: Five Fires Connected in Randolph Co.

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. – The Randolph County Fire Marshal's Office and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) are investigating the causes of five fires that broke out early Monday morning.

No injuries were reported, and Randolph County EMS said each building was vacant.

Two of the fires were reported in Sophia between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., and two happened in Franklinville between 3:30 and 5 a.m. Randolph County EMS said the last of the four fires began around 4:45 a.m. at a former post office on Wicker Lovell Road.

As of 9:30 a.m., The Randolph County Fire Marshal's office said fire fighters were investigating a fifth fire, which the office said happened at a vacant building along Jess Smith Road in Sophia. The Fire Marshal's Office could not confirm a time at which fire fighters believe this fire began.

According to the fire department, the other fires happened in abandoned buildings at Will Coltrane Road (Sophia), Flint Hill Road (Sophia) and Millboro Road (Franklinville).

The Fire Marshal's Office would not say whether it believes the five fires are related.

The Chairman of the Historical Society of Cedar Falls was on scene at the fire on Wicker Lovell Road. He said the former post office used to belong to Cedar Falls Manufacturing, which made buttons for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He said the Cedar Falls Historical Society was working on renovating the building, which was set to have a roof installed Monday. He said he did not yet have an assessment on how much the damage would cost to repair. The Fire Marshal's Office said because fire fighters were able to get the fire put out within 20 minutes of arrival on scene, they were able to salvage much of the building's foundation.

This story is developing and will be updated.


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