Investigators seeking information in arson case

CHARLESTON—The West Virginia State Fire Marshals Office is seeking information following a March 1 fire.

The fire occurred on Route 50, Thornton Pike, at approximately 2:36 a.m., and after the blaze had been extinguished an hour later, the house was deemed a total loss.

Grafton Fire Chief Dave Crimm had reported that a passerby alerted 911, saying he saw flames coming from windows of the residence.

Crimm told a Mountain Statesman reporter, that no one was home at the time of the fire, and that the residence was being used as a weekend home for the owner, who lived out of town during the week.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshals Office have determined that the residence and outbuilding had been broken into before the fire, and a large amount of personal property had been stolen.

The fire has been deemed as arson by investigators. The State Fire Marshals Office is asking anyone who might have witnessed a vehicle or individuals at the property, to call their Arson Hotline at 800-233-FIRE (3473).

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the crime.

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