Investigators now suspect a fire that destroyed six homes under construction in a Mooresville subdivision was intentionally set, said Mooresville Rescue Fire Marshal Geoff Woolard.

“Based on findings at the scene, along with eyewitness video taken prior to the arrival of the fire departments, investigators from local, state and federal agencies determined the fire which destroyed six homes under construction on Samara Lane was started intentionally and was not an accidental fire,” Woolard stated in a news release Friday afternoon.

The release stated that a joint investigation was launched by the Mooresville Police Department, Mooresville Fire-Rescue, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal.

“We are now shifting our efforts to the task of identifying the person or persons responsible for this terrible act to find out why someone would purposely inflict this level of damage to another’s property,” Woolard said. “Thankfully, there were no civilian injuries in this incident.”

On Wednesday, Woolard said there was very little of the six damaged structures remaining. He said the fire was so intense that a seventh house and several buildings across the street from the destroyed homes received minor to moderate damage from radiant heat.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in The Reserve or Ashlyn Creek neighborhoods in the days leading up to or the night of Oct. 22 should call Iredell County Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340. Callers may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be possible.

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