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Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals determined today that the fire on Willhill Road Tuesday night was an act of arson and Mint Hill Police are asking the community for information. Officers noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from the area of Willhill Road at 11:55 Tuesday night. The Mint Hill Fire Department, along with Idlewild and Robinson fire departments, put the fire out in 35 minutes according to MHFD Chief Jeremy Russell.
No one was home at the time and no one, including firemen, were injured. The fire started in the back of the resdidence. Russell said it is still not determined if the home can be salvaged.
Mint Hill Officers are following all leads and anyone with additional information can contact Mint Hill Police at 704-545-1085 or Police Dispatch at 704- 889-2231 with any information on this incident.
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Beverly Cannaday of Mint Hill had thought about moving. An incident on Christmas weekend might have been the last straw.
A car described as an older, boxy model pulled up in front of Cannaday’s home between 3:30 and 4 am the morning of December 27 and fired five rounds into the house. Cannaday awakened immediately and thought her 24-year-old son was having nightmares and had fired a gun. He had recently returned from Iraq. She went upstairs as he was coming downstairs when Cannaday’s husabnd yelled for her to call 9/11.
Cannaday’s husband got a glimpse of the car, and saw the back window bring rolled up as it sped away. Other than that, there are few leads. Police arrived in minutes to the Cannaday’s home after the incident and reported they could still smell the gun powder from the shots.
Police were at Cannaday’s home again today looking for spent shells. A car near in the Heathergate subdivision was recently shot at, and there was a theft in her neighborhood in the past month. The Cannaday’s live in the Windermere neighborhood across from Independence High School.
Beverly has talked to her family to see if there were any reasons someone would want to shoot at the house. Her younger son is a senior at Independence and is well liked, Beverly said. Her husband and other son said there were no disagreements with people they know that could have caused this.
Police said this could be an incident of the shooters having the wrong house. Cannaday said Mint Hill Police have talked to neighbors, but there is no new information. The Cannaday’s have video surveillance around their house, but it is more focused on the yard, and not the street.
Despite the incident, Cannaday said she wants to stay in Mint Hill if possible, noting that where she currently lives is an area where East Charlotte, and its crime, is spilling over into the town. With no leads in the case, moving her home, she said, might be the only solution.
“I want to know who did this and why and until then, I can’t settle down.”