The Rockingham County Fire Marshal’s Office has an investigation underway after an early morning house fire on the northern side of Reidsville. They announced today that the fire was intentionally set – and they have a possible suspect description.
According to Rockingham County Assistant Fire Marshal Jay Brooks, it was at 2:48 this morning that the Rockingham County 911 Center received a call from ADT Security reporting that a burglar alarm had been sctivated at 180 North Willow Street on the north side of Reidsville. Deputies from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the location, and once they arrived on the scene, they found smoke coming from the house.
The county’s 911 center dispatched the Yanceyville Road Fire Department, with mutual aid assistance from the Oregon Hill and Williamsburg fire departments. According to brooks, the fire was quickly brought under control, although the house sustained moderate fire damage to the interior.
Personnel from the Rockingham County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene of the blaze, along with fire trained K-9 Phoenix. The dog made several alerts on the interior of the home, and that’s where samples were taken for analysis. According to Brooks, those samples will to be sent to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. On the exterior of the residence, obscenities had been spray painted across the rear wall. Brooks added that from the evidence gathered at the scene, it has been determined that the fire was intentionally set.
A possible suspect has been identified as a young male, approximately 6 feet in height and around 185 pounds. He was wearing a long sleeve black tee shirt with black pants and was seen running in the vicinity of the fire before deputies arrived.
Anyone with information is to contact Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at (336) 349-9683.