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Two fires ruled as intentionally set in Matthews Sunday evening

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MATTHEWS, NC (WBTV) -

Fire investigators say two fires were intentionally set Sunday evening.

An abandoned house was gutted by flames overnight, the same house firefighters were hoping to burn down later this week as part of a training exercise.

Firefighters responded to the call at a home on Pleasant Plains Drive around 11 p.m. Sunday evening.

The ranch-style house had been cleared of asbestos, and was in the process of being prepped for firefighter training.

Flames had engulfed the inside of the home, according to fire command.  The situation was brought under control quickly, but there was a problem.

There was so much damage done to the home, the hope of using it for training, went up in flames.

It was simply too damaged to be of any use.

Investigators came to the scene, and quickly ruled it suspicious, but the exact cause has not been determined.

Firefighters said earlier in the evening, there was a brush fire around 8 p.m. near the intersection of Campus Ridge Road and CPCC Lane.  That one too, is being looked at as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Matthews Police Department at 704-847-4069.

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