By DEUCE NIVEN
Abandoned and without electricity, an arsonist is believed responsible for fire that gutted one West 3rd Street home Sunday night, and heavily damaged another, Tabor City Fire Chief Jeff Fowler said Monday.
“We got them both out,” Fowler said. “The first one was gutted, the other burned the outside, we got it knocked down pretty quick.
“Both were in bad shape, abandoned. There was no power on either one.”
Owners of the houses live elsewhere, Fowler said. It appeared that one or both were targets of the town’s Code Enforcement efforts that require property owners to maintain them within health and safety guidelines.
An investigation will be conducted by the Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office, Fowler said.
Roseland, Williams Township and Fair Bluff Fire Departments responded to the 9:44 p.m. call, with medical back-up from Tabor City Emergency Services.
Look for updates here as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.