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Fayette County fire was set, police say

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A fire in Fayette County is being investigated as arson, police say.

The fire was reported around 6 a.m. Saturday at 51 North Errington Road in the Prudence area near Oak Hill, according to a release from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The fire is still under investigation, but police said investigators have enough evidence to support the theory that someone intentionally set the fire. The homeowner is in the regional jail system facing drug charges, and the home was empty when the fire broke out, police said.

"Our investigators have gathered information indicating that this home was apparently burglarized before the fire was started," Sheriff Steve Kessler said in a prepared statement. "Further evidence indicates that this fire was started in the living room of the residence. Investigators are continuing to follow up on information gathered during the preliminary investigation into this incident. We have identified a person of interest in connection with this investigation, but no arrests have been made at this time." Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-3590 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867. People may also submit a tip on the sheriff's office website at fayettesheriffwv.net or on the office's Facebook page.


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