Firefighters respond to third vacant house fire in a week

Published 11:58 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — Fire officials say a Wednesday fire at a vacant home at 213 S. Shaver St. in the Brooklyn South Square neighborhood is suspicious.

It’s the third vacant house fire in a week.

Two fires last week, one Wednesday at 9 Cooper St. and the other Thursday at 1512 Stokes Ferry Road, also were deemed suspicious.

Officials said that part of the roof collapsed at the Shaver Street home. The fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. and was under control just before 5 p.m.

Salisbury Fire Department Battalion Chief Jay Baker said when firefighters arrived, flames were visible. Firefighters battled the fire from the outside, then moved to the interior.

No injuries were reported. The Salisbury City Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

Multiple fire agencies responded to last week’s fire on Cooper Street. Just 16 hours later, about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to the Stokes Ferry Road home.

Salisbury Fire Marshal Terry Smith said investigators don’t believe those two fires are connected because the two homes are not close. The Stokes Ferry Road home had been vacant but was recently sold. The new owner had begun renovations. The Cooper Street home had been vacant for a number of years.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.