Detectives investigate fire at sheriff candidate's business

(WLOS photo)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Criminal investigators are trying to figure out why the business operated by a candidate for sheriff in the North Carolina mountains burned down.

News outlets reported that the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the fire last month that turned Shad Higgins’ tire shop into a burned-out shell. The SBI has yet to release any information about the fire or what caused it on October 26.

Higgins is the Republican candidate in a tightly contested race for sheriff of Buncombe County, which includes Asheville. Quentin Miller is the Democratic candidate. Incumbent Sheriff Van Duncan is retiring.

Higgins’ tire shop was back in business last week in a temporary location. He said weeks before the blaze that he employs three people at the business which has been operating for 15 years.

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