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Probes see revenge behind NC county's arsons spike

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MAXTON, NC (AP) -- Arson investigators in one of North Carolina's largest and poorest counties say their increase in cases is tied to more people setting a blaze to get revenge.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that Robeson County investigators say fires are increasingly being set in retaliation for domestic disputes, drug deals gone bad, and even to settle scores between feuding neighbors.

Sheriff's Lt. Brian Duckworth says more than 100 of the more than 160 suspicious fire scenes he investigated last year were confirmed as arsons. Duckworth says most of those cases involved revenge.

Fire Marshall Charles Britt and area volunteer fire chiefs also have noticed the pattern. Britt says in his four decades of work on fires, he's never seen so many personal disputes end in residential blazes.
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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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