Fayetteville bridge reopens after homeless start fire underneath, officials say

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A section of Person Street was closed in Fayetteville due to a fire believed to have been accidentally started by a group of homeless people, according to police.

Person Street between Dunn Road and Deep Creek Road was closed in both directions until 11:25 a.m. Friday.

The section of Person Street closed includes the bridge that goes over Locks Creek, fire officials said.

Fayetteville Fire Marshal TJ McLamb said officials believe the homeless people living under the bridge may be responsible for the fire.

Police said in a press release people who had used vehicle tires to set up a camp under the bridge started a fire for warmth and that the fire spread out of control and lit the tires on fire. No one was injured in the fire.

The bridge will need to be inspected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation due to the heat exposure from the fire, police said.

Images sent back by a CBS 17 photographer showed fire crews on the bridge and smoke billowing up from underneath.

The incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1885 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet.

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