BOONE — Boone fire and police officials are investigating an Aug. 22 fire at a single-family residence on Winkler’s Creek Road.

On Aug. 22 at 1:02 a.m., the Boone Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the Winkler’s Creek area of Boone, according to a statement from the department. At 1:06 a.m., BFD units arrived at 527 Winkler’s Creek Road to find a single-family dwelling well involved in fire. During initial suppression efforts, it was confirmed that there were no occupants in the residence.

BFD crews began fire suppression operations immediately and had the fire controlled at 1:42 a.m. Crews then worked to extinguish any remaining hotspots and look for hidden fire. Due to the complexity of these overhaul operations, fire crews remained on scene throughout the day on Aug. 22.

The structure received extensive damage to the main floor and second floor areas. Dollar loss estimates are in excess of $180,000 for the structure and contents.

Fire investigators with the Boone Fire Department determined that the cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary in nature; Boone Fire Assistant Chief Mike Teague said this meant the department believed the fire had been intentionally set. The fire is currently being investigated jointly by the Boone Police Department and the Boone Fire Department. As of Aug. 27, Boone Police stated there were not any updates on the case and the investigation was ongoing.

The Boone Fire Department thanked the Boone Police Department, Watauga Sheriff’s Department, Watauga Medics and Watauga Rescue for their assistance.

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (828) 268-6959 / (828) 737-0125 or the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 264-3761. Submit a Crime Stoppers tip at www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information will be kept confidential.

High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information that leads to arrests, recovery of stolen property, seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.

High Country Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving crimes. Its goal is to help in the fight against crime, but it is not part of the local police departments or sheriff’s offices. Each county has a law enforcement coordinator who participates as an advisor to the board but is a non-voting member. The citizen’s board is responsible for operations of the program, fundraising, public relations and approval of rewards.

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