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UPDATE: Woman Pleads Guilty in South Charleston Arson

By: Cathleen Moxley, Lauren Denney Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Lauren Denney Email

UPDATE 9/10/12 @ 10:40 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Kanawha County woman admitted Monday to setting a house on fire this past May.

Jessica Sanson of St. Albans pleaded guilty to arson.

Police say Sanson started a fire at a vacant house along Central Avenue in South Charleston in May.

Sanson also has been named as a suspect in a fire at an apartment complex along E Street. A woman was seriously burned in that fire.



UPDATE 5/7/12 @ 9 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Saint Albans woman is in jail after South Charleston Police said she set a house on fire early Monday morning.

“I have nothing to say."

That’s all Jessica Sanson would say about a fire she’s accused of setting Monday along Central Avenue. South Charleston Police said Sanson found some liquor bottles and a gas can while she was walking and went to the house at 106 Central Ave.

"She poured out the gasoline on the porch and some other areas there and she lit it on fire and left the scene," said Detective Charles Cook with the South Charleston Police Department.

Police said the home is vacant now, but Sanson knew the people who used to live there.

Sanson didn’t say why she allegedly did it, only that, "she said she was working out her anger," Cook said.

It's an act that left neighbors in shock, especially after what firefighters found inside.

"Then you see all this fire, and it was terrible,” said Peggy Edwards, a neighbor. “Bad, bad fire. They fought it for a long time, and now I find out there's a meth lab."

An active meth lab. Police said Sanson didn’t have anything to do with the meth lab and are working on leads to solve that investigation. But part of the case is closed after police found Sanson’s fingerprints on one of the bottles used in the fire -- a dangerous situation that could have been an explosive one.

Sanson is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $50,000 surety only bond.



UPDATE 5/7/12 @ 6 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have made an arrest in connection with an early morning arson in South Charleston.

Detectives say Jessica Sanson, 23, confessed to stealing gas and using a liquor bottle to set the fire.

It happened about 1 a.m. Monday at a house along Central Avenue in South Charleston.

Police caught Sanson Monday evening. She is in magistrate court being arraigned at this time.

However, this isn't case closed. The fire was in the front of the house, and once they put the flames out firefighters found an active working meth lab in the back of the house.

There's no word yet whether Sanson was involved with the meth lab.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cleanup crews are at the scene of an overnight house fire after a meth lab was found inside.

The fire started just after 1 a.m. Monday morning at a home on Central Avenue just south of Kanawha Terrace in South Charleston.

The fire itself is being investigated as an arson, but another crime scene was found inside the home.

An active meth lab was cooking in the kitchen.

South Charleston police tell us the fire didn't impact the meth lab because the fire was in the front of the home and the meth lab in the back.

Police say the home was vacant but there may have been people coming and going who weren't supposed to be there.

Investigators say the fire does appear suspicious and it looks like an accelerant was used to fuel the fire.

We also know police are looking for a person who was seen near the home just before the fire broke out.

Right now they are not sure whether that person is a suspect or just a witness.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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