Series of fires under investigation

A series of Richmond County fires this week is under investigation, but the fire chief says the frequency is not uncommon.


Since Sunday, the department has worked seven fires across the county.


"That's not unusual for us," Chief Howard Willis said Wednesday.


Several of the houses that burned were abandoned, and investigators are checking to see whether the fires were intentionally set. Willis said firefighters often answer calls to abandoned buildings and, typically, squatters are the cause.

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