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Arson Investigation

Updated: Tuesday, April 9 2013, 07:38 AM EDT

Eight fires in five days have the city of Asheville asking for help in finding the person who intentionally set four of them.

Two of the latest fires were in the River Arts District, on the site where New Belgium is building its new brewery.  Monday, New Belgium said they are stressing security, saying they're taking precautions to make sure this doesn't happen again. The brewery plans on increasing security by doubling the hours for security patrols, updating fencing and considering lighting and surveillance.


Some people in the West Asheville community say they're concerned for the security of the site.  Including Jonathan Wainscott who runs the New Belgium Watch Facebook page. 


"How many engineers does it take to turn on a light," Wainscott tells News 13.  "There is still no light out there now, this just happened on Friday night, its Monday.  The first order of business should have been, nothing is done on that site until the lights come on."


New Belgium General Manager Jay Richardson says they're saddened someone would damage the site but says it doesn't change his perception of Asheville.


"If anything, it makes us feel even more invigorated to do what we want with this site," says Richardson.  "To reach our vision of how the property can be a vital part of the neighborhood."

The buildings damaged in the fire were set to be demolished in preparation for brewery construction. Many of the materials will still be recycled as previously planned.  But some materials have been destroyed that were to be used in the brewery, including wood flooring in the auction house.

By Ingrid Allstaedt
Follow Ingrid on Twitter @IngridNews13

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