- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) - Officials say five fires reported in Hoke County within 90 minutes of each other were intentionally set and are believed to be connected.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1R3lh62) the fires happened Thursday morning in and near Raeford.

Hoke County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Maj. Freddy Johnson Sr. says four of the five fires occurred within a half-mile radius.

Johnson says the first fire was reported at 3:54 a.m. at a vacant mobile home that was destroyed. A second mobile home fire was reported at 4:02 a.m.

Johnson says a third fire was reported nine minutes later at a home, followed by a vehicle fire reported at 4:17 a.m.

The final fire was reported at another mobile home that was unoccupied at 5:17 a.m.

No injuries have been reported.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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