Suspicious fires in Vanceboro

Fire Officials said this is the fourth structure fire in the last three months

Suspicious Fires in Vanceboro (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

VANCEBORO - The mobile home fire on James Street in Vanceboro is considered a total loss.

Crews got the call about this just after 2:45 a.m. Fire officials said the fire was under control by 5 a.m.

Mattie Drake, owns the home with her husband of 50 years. She said she was forced to move out of the home she has lived in for 25 years two weeks ago by social services.

"This is home and then I move out and somebody come in here or something and burn my home up and now I've got to go tell my husband we've got no home anymore. We've got a shack," Drake said.

Fire officials have ruled the fire suspicious. It's the fourth structure fire in three months.

On Sunday, there was a fire at the abandoned train depot off Mill Avenue just down the road from this latest fire. Fire officials said this fire is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.

"The house on the hill and then a place down there. Someone is going around here and when people move out are setting these fires. And they gonna get caught. They don't believe they will but they gonna get caught," Drake said.

Her daughter, Lynn Hargett, spent the morning trying to collect their memories.

"Pictures whatnot's I can give to my nephew when he got older. Some to give to my daughter when she got married. Some bells. I'm sentimental," Hargett said.

Authorities are also still looking into two fires at abandoned mobile homes on James Street from August.

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