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Robeson County's arsons cost residents higher insurance


LUMBERTON, NC (AP) -- Homeowners in one of North Carolina's largest and poorest counties are paying some of the highest insurance rates in the state because investigators found two out of three fires are intentionally set.

The Robesonian of Lumberton reports that the Robeson County Sheriff's Office has had more than 100 fire investigations each year for the past seven years.

Fire investigator Brian Duckworth says 106 out of 157 fires his office investigated in 2010 were determined to be arsons. The county's arson cases have increased from about half of all investigated fires in 2009 and about a third in 2008.

Duckworth says the number of arson fires means the county's residents pay 30 percent higher insurance rates.

Information from: The Robesonian,

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