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Blazes ruled intentional; officials seek public’s help

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for intentionally setting fire to two Halifax houses in recent weeks, and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.

The first occurred on Mountain Road on Feb. 22, and the second happened early Saturday morning on L. P. Bailey Highway.

According to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders, a residential fire that occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 22 at 14184 Mountain Road has been ruled “incendiary” by local fire investigators. 

The singlewide trailer, owned by Patricia Suttle, was declared a total loss. The occupants, Stephanee Snead and her children, were not home at the time of the fire, Saunders said.  

 A separate and unrelated residential structure fire occurred Saturday around 3:30 a.m. at 4241 L. P. Bailey Memorial Highway. 

The home, owned by Sally Moore of Oxford, N.C., and occupied by her son, James Reagan Jr., was declared a total loss. 

James Reagan III and a friend were home at the time of the fire but escaped without injury, Saunders said. 

“The cause of this fire also was determined to be incendiary, and all other causes have been ruled out,” he added.  

Fire investigators with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and Halifax County Emergency Services completed the initial investigations into the origins and causes of both fires and determined the fires were intentionally set, the
emergency services coordinator said. 

“Both of these investigations are on-going. We would like to assure the citizens that these are isolated incidents. We always encourage residents to remain vigilant and to always report any suspicious activity,” Saunders said, adding, “Arson is a crime that affects not only individual victims but the community as a whole. Arson can raise property insurance rates for everyone, leave a community with blighted structures and leave innocent victims homeless.”  

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered, in both cases, to anyone who can provide specific information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) that are responsible.  

The Halifax County Crime Hot Line number is 434-476-8445. Persons with information can report tips anonymously.