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Fire investigators looking into arson at South Rowan Animal Hospital

 

CHINA GROVE — Rowan County fire investigators hope someone may have seen something the night a fire was set inside South Rowan Animal Hospital, which is currently under construction.

The fire was discovered about 9:30 or 10 p.m. June 20 and was contained inside the building, said Fire Investigator David Sells.

The building is at North Main and East Church streets, the site of a former Cannon Mills plant. There was no structural damage except for the concrete flooring and some ruined building supplies, he said.

An accelerant was used to start the fire, Sells said.

The property is owned by veterinarian Charles Steinman, who also owns Salisbury Animal Hospital and West Innes Animal Hospital. The location in China Grove is an extension of Salisbury Animal Hospital. Steinman has offered a $1,000 reward that leads to the conviction of the person or people who are responsible.

Construction superintendent Shaun Freeman said the fire caused divots in the floor that will have to be chiseled away. The construction crew will cut away a large section of the floor and replace the damaged portion.

Freeman said firefighters used Oil Dri, a product used to soak up accelerant, and put sawdust on the spot as well.

Anyone with information is asked to contact China Grove police Detective J.L. Overcash at 857-7755 ext. 207 or Sells at 704-202-2039.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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