Fire investigations continue in Rowan and Iredell

Two suspected arsons could be linked
Phifer Lane, Iredell County (David Whisenant-WBTV)
Phifer Lane, Iredell County (David Whisenant-WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Investigators in two counties are looking into two fires that seem to have a little too much in common.

Both happened on Wednesday morning just after 4:00 am.  In both cases the houses were destroyed, were only about two miles apart, and were on streets with nearly identical names.

Even firefighters responding had to have telecommunicators clarify that there were two separate fires.

One scene was on Phifer Lane in Iredell County, just past the Rowan County line off Highway 70. No one lived in the house and there was no power going to the house.

The fire had such a head start that nothing could be saved.

Two miles away, a new house on Phifer Road in Rowan County was destroyed by fire, at the same time as the Iredell fire.

"This was going to be my daughter's house," said homeowner Mike Pulliam. "We were almost ready for her to move in.  just hoping another two weeks to have it ready."

Now the modular home will have to be removed and Pulliam will have to put a new one in its place.

The Rowan County fire also had a head start.

"It had been burning 30-45 minutes before they got here," Pulliam added. "This just kind of blows me away, really.  I don't know what to think."

While Pulliam says there hasn't been any trouble at his Phifer Road place before, investigators in Iredell County say the homeowner reported that someone had been repeatedly breaking into the Phifer Lane home over the last few years.

Sheriff's detectives in both and Rowan and Iredell County are working the cases and say both fires were set.

"It's extremely unusual for them to be that close in proximity at the same time and kind of the same circumstances," said Captain John Sifford of the Rowan Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information may leave a tip with Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers: http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org/

Calls can also be made to the Rowan Sheriff's Office at 704-216-8700, or the Iredell Sheriff's office at 704-878-3180.

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