Arson suspected in Cherry Grove house fire
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed a home in unincorporated Washington County on Monday, July 22, as a possible arson.
The suspicious fire, as the Sheriff's Office is describing it, was reported at about 11 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Southwest Cherry Grove Drive and Fir Street. The Gaston Rural Fire District and other fire agencies responded.
The house was a total loss. No one was inside at the time of the fire, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office interviewed multiple witnesses who reported seeing two teenage boys, likely between the ages of 13 and 15, running away from the house in the direction of Southwest Lee Falls Road shortly before the fire started. One boy was reportedly carrying a red container with a spout similar to a gas can.
The Sheriff's Office believes the suspects may be associated with a gray or silver SUV.
Anyone with information about the arson suspects is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2500.
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