A house fire in Fayetteville on Tuesday is being reported by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department as a possible arson.
It happened on Tank Hill Road in Fayetteville. The Fayetteville and Oak Hill Fire Departments were sent out to the scene around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. No one was inside during the fire, which deputies say was put out quickly.
The owner of the house reported that before the fire, a stove and refrigerator were stolen from the home. Deputies tell us that evidence from the initial investigation strongly suggests the fire was caused intentionally by someone while the owner was away.
“The investigation revealed by the fire investigator that there was some kind of something used to start the fire within the house,” says Mike Fridley, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy. “Now what it actually was and stuff, I don’t know until it comes back from the lab.”
Shane Humbert, who lives in the neighborhood where the fire happened, says the idea of an arson near his home shocks him.
“Well if that’s true then we have an arson that may be running around, and setting fires potentially, and that is not a good thing,” Humbert says. “He or they need to be found, and arrested and stopped.”
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is now looking for tips from the public to help find a suspect in the case. There is a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. Anyone who provides a tip may be kept anonymous.
If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers or the West Virginia Arson hotline.