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Investigators Believe Mt Airy Fires Arson

6:15 PM, Aug 30, 2012   |    comments
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(Mt. Airy, NC)  --  The Mt. Airy Fire Department say four early morning fires on South Street in Mt. Airy are arson.

Three different buildings on South Street were involved in fires. The first fire was set at Brays Recapping where a truck filled with tires was set on fire. A Bray's Recapping building was also set on fire.

The truck and its contents were completely destroyed and the building suffered minor damage.

The second and most significant fire occured at the Rabbit Hole Thrift Store. This building is a total loss.

The third fire occcured in a small shed behind Marshall's Furniture. There was no damage to the Furniture Store itself.

All three buildings are owned by Bray Properties. The property manager told News 2 he "doesn't have any idea" who would intentionally set the fires.

Mount Airy is, of course, the place where Andy Griffith grew up. He later based his iconic show on the town.

"Maybe if Barney and Andy were still out there patrolling the streets, we might not have this problem. It's different times now. Mount Airy's got a small crime problem I would say from all the unemployment and everything going on around it," property manager Neal Willard said.

Tourists also couldn't believe this happened in Mount Airy.

"We're from Baltimore. So, that kind of thing happens up there, but it doesn't happen down here," tourist Beth Houck said.

The investigation is being handled by the Mt. Airy Police Department, Fire Department and the State Bureau of Investigation.

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