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'Suspicious' fires destroy historic school gym, residence in Red Springs

Source: Raycom Media Source: Raycom Media

RED SPRINGS, NC (WMBF) – Two suspicious fires in Red Springs that were started early Thursday morning, one at a school's historic gym building, are under investigation by police.

The first fire occurred at about 2 a.m. in the gym at the Flora Macdonald Academy on College Street near 2nd Avenue, according to Chief Ronnie Patterson with the Red Springs Police Department. Firefighters were on scene for about four hours. The historic building is a total loss, but the fire did not prevent classes from taking place.

At about 3 a.m. or 3:30 a.m., there was a fire in a residence at the corner of Shannon Road and Hackett Street, Chief Patterson confirmed. The building was abandoned, but is also a total loss.

Both fires are under investigation by police.

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