Fire at Charleston Home Ruled Arson; Investigators Asking for Help

By: WSAZ News Email
By: WSAZ News Email

UPDATE 9/22/11 @ 10:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Turns out a fire at a home this week was no accident -- investigators say it was arson and they want to know who started it.

The fire broke out at a home on Garrison Avenue Monday just before midnight.

No one was inside the home at the time.

Damage is estimated at $18,000 dollars.

Anyone with information about the fire can contact the Charleston fire or police departments. Those with tips can also call the state's arson hotline at 1-800-233-fire and remain anonymous.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire at a home in the 700 block of Garrison Avenue in Charleston Monday night.

Flames were showing through the wall and the roof of the one-story rental home when fire crews arrived about 11:45 p.m.

No one was inside at the time of the fire.

Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the area of the roof and attic where it started.

No smoke alarms were found inside.

Sixteen fire personnel responded to the scene, including three engine companies, one rescue unit, one EMS unit, one medical supervisor and one chief officer.

The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined. It is currently under a combined investigation with the Charleston Police Department.

Damage is estimated to be $18,000.

Fire investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Charleston Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau and Investigation Division at (304) 348-8058 or the Charleston Police Department.

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