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Two fires at same home spur probe

The South Boston Police Department and Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of two separate fires within a two-week period at an unoccupied house at 1907 North Main Street.

The most recent fire was reported at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, with South Boston Fire Department, Halifax Volunteer Fire Department and Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department responding to the blaze and remaining on-scene for about two hours, according to a South Boston Fire Department spokesman.

Sunday’s fire caused $25,000 in damage to the house, which had an estimated value of $50,000, according to the fire department spokesman, who said fire was showing in the attic and at the side of the house when firefighters arrived.

South Boston Fire Department dispatched three trucks and 14 firemen to the fire, Halifax Volunteer Fire Department sent three trucks and 10 people, and Cluster Springs Volunteer Fire Department dispatched one truck and five people, the spokesman added.

Those same three fire departments were called to a fire at the same house on Jan. 8, a blaze that caused approximately $30,000 damage, according to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips.

That fire was called in at approximately 3 a.m., and crews remained on the scene for approximately two hours extinguishing that blaze.

South Boston Police Detective C. L. Carswell determined that the Jan. 8 fire was “suspicious,” adding South Boston Police and Virginia State Police are investigating the cause of both fires.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact the South Boston Police Department at 434-575-4273 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 434-476-8445. 

A tip on the Halifax County Crime Line that results in an arrest and conviction is eligible for a cash reward.