Arson Fire Closes Winchester, Leads to Arrest
October 23, 2019
FRONT ROYAL – Shensia Mohammed was charged with felony burning or destroying dwelling house and is now being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. The fire she allegedly caused, resulted in a portion of Winchester Rd. in Front Royal to be shut down for over an hour Monday afternoon.
Warren County Fire and Rescue Services received a call about a house fire on Winchester Rd., the second in as many days, around 3pm on Monday afternoon. WCFR responded immediately and found a single story, single family home burning from the first floor to the attic. Two additional engines were requested from the county, and two additional mutual aid engines were called in from Stephens City and Middletown to contain the blaze. Northbound Route 522/340 was closed down by Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies to keep civilians away from the dangerous situation.
Firefighters took about 50 minutes to contain the fire and no injuries were reported by the services on hand or the occupants of the home. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages to the home and displaced the residents of said home. They were assisted by the American Red Cross.
After an investigation by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office, it was determined that the cause of the fire was arson. Several services in Warren County and from the Town of Front Royal banded together to quickly finish the investigation into the cause, and determine that Shensia Mohammed, a 21-year-old occupant of the home in question, had caused the fire. She was charged and arrested immediately, and is currently held without bond.
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