UPDATE | Man arrested in connection with Logan arson

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LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/18/19 @ 10:05 p.m.
A man was arrested in connection with an arson that destroyed a vacant apartment building earlier this month in downtown Logan.

Paul David Wiley, 27, of Ethel, West Virginia, faces an arson charge in connection with a Nov. 8 apartment building fire in Logan.

Investigators say Paul David Wiley, 27, of Ethel, West Virginia, confessed to the crime and faces an arson charge.

The fire happened Nov. 8 in the 400 block of Stratton Street.

Logan Police and West Virginia State Police developed a case against Wiley and brought him in for questioning a few days after the fire.

The building was vacant for about eight years, but firefighters say vagrants were always seen going in and out, even though the building was constantly being boarded up.

Wiley was taken to the South Western Regional Jail where he is being held on $50,000 bond.

Logan Police Officer Jonathan Ziegler and WVSP troopers T.J. Hannon and T.D. Fields investigated the case.



UPDATE 11/8/19 @ 6:33 p.m.
Logan city leaders say they're grateful for the quick action of first responders faced with an extremely challenging structure fire early Friday morning, which led to the building collapsing and damaging a vehicle.

The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Stratton Street. While no injuries were reported, Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said it's a miracle no one was killed.

"Really proud of my guys," Beckett said. "They're hard chargers. You can see how close a 35-unit apartment building was next door, less than six inches away."

A wall of the building partially collapsed and fell on at least one vehicle. It also landed on nearby railroad tracks, shutting down rail service in the area.

Officials say the building has been vacant for about eight years, but firefighters say vagrants have been going in and out of the building for years. The building was boarded up a dozen times.

"Its one of those ones where the city had been really proactive and boarded it up and tried to keep it safe for the public," Beckett said. "And just the juveniles and different people tore the barricades down and tried to stay in it."

Investigators say they don't know if the fire was set intentionally. The utilities were not turned on at the time of the fire.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/8/19 @ 2:50 p.m.
Crews are demolishing a building that caught on fire in Logan County Friday morning.

The fire was first reported about 1:30 Friday morning in the 400 block of Stratton Street. Logan firefighters told WSAZ the fire is out, but there are hot spots and still quite a bit of smoke in the downtown area.

A wall of the building partially collapsed and fell on at least one vehicle. It also landed on the railroad tracks. Rail service is shut down for now.

The road is expected to reopen around 5 p.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported.

Crews say they don't know if the fire was set intentionally. The utilities were not turned on at the time of the fire.

Officials say the building has been vacant for about eight years, but firefighters say vagrants have been going in and out of the building for years. The building was boarded up a dozen times.

As a precaution, folks who lived in a nearby building had to leave and go to a shelter for the night.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/8/19 @ 5:55 a.m.
Logan firefighters told WSAZ the fire is out, but there are hot spots and still quite a bit of smoke in the downtown area.

A wall of the building fell on at least one car.

It also landed on the railroad tracks. Rail service is shut down for now.

No injuries reported.

Officials say the building had been vacant for about eight years, but firefighters say vagrants have been going in and out of the building for years.

As a precaution, folks who lived in a nearby building had to leave and go to a shelter for the night.

A WSAZ crew is in Logan gathering information.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/8/19 @ 4:40 a.m.
Logan firefighters say a building that has been vacant for the past eight years burned early Friday morning, and its believed homeless people set the fire.

The fire was first reported about 1:30 Friday morning in the 400 block of Stratton St.

Heavy smoke was still visible in the town as of 4:40 Friday morning.

There were no injuries.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/8/19
The Logan Fire Department is on scene of a massive fire in downtown Logan.

The fire was reported at a large building on Stratton Street.

Logan County dispatchers said no injures have been reported at this time.

This is a developing story. Keep checking the WSAZ app for updates.


Fire destroyed a vacant apartment building Nov. 8 in downtown Logan.