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Toms Brook Arson Sparks Multi-Agency Investigation

14 March 2019 Shenandoah County News

A Toms Brook arson earlier this week has sparked a multi agency investigation.

The 3475 North Main Street fire was called in at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday (3/12/2019), and crews arrived minutes later to find a fire spreading around the residence’s front porch and into the attic. It took emergency responders around an hour and a half to get the fire under control; it caused heavy smoke and heat damage to the home’s interior, as well as fire damage to its front exterior. Three of the home’s four occupants were inside when the fire broke out, but were able to escape after being alerted by a smoke alarm. 

Upon investigating the cause of the blaze, authorities found that the home’s garage had been vandalized with profane graffiti, including a misspelled message that appeared to read “(expletive) the” and what appeared to be an attempt to spell the word “confederate” or “confederacy.” They also found that a confederate flag on the property had been burned as well. Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said Wednesday (3/13/2019) that local law enforcement, Virginia State Police, and the ATF and the FBI are all assisting in the investigation. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arsonist’s arrest, which can be submitted by calling (540) 459-6177.

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