LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s office made an arrest in connection with a fire that occurred in Logan April 7.
According to the complaint filed by Shawn L. Alderman, with the W.Va. State Fire Marshal’s Office, first degree arson charges was filed against Dorsey Ray Darby, 52, of Logan. The complaint states that Darby allegedly implicated himself in the intentional setting of the fire located at 45 High Street in Logan. Darby allegedly stated to the investigating officer that he used a pink cigarette lighter and set fire to a rag and other ordinary combustibles hanging out of a window of the vacant structure.
Darby, who is reportedly on parole for previous arson charges in 2013, is being held on at $100,000 full cash or full surety bond.
The arrest follows another suspicious early morning fire Monday on High Street.
“About 5 a.m. this morning we responded a call on, I think, 11 High Street,” Scott Becket, fire chief for the Logan Fire Department. “Same thing we run into the before, the guys pull out of the station and you could see a huge amount of fire. The actual structure is pretty much fully involved. Then our attention turns to protecting the occupied structures nearby.”
Beckett said his fire crew is worn out from fighting all the fires recently.
“This has turned out to be 15 or 16 fires in three weeks,” Beckett said.
Beckett said they weren’t sure the Monday fire was arson.
“We’re treating is as suspicious,” Beckett said. “But it follows along the same steps as the others. It was a two unit house, like a duplex. The last family had just moved out.”
Beckett said the house still had its utilities.
The Logan Fire Department was also fighting a forest fire behind Chase Bank on the upper end of Logan.
“We were notified of an outdoor fire Sunday,” Beckett said. “The guys got up there, made some lines and was able to contain it for the most part. It’s not something we do on the forestry side, but since it was located in the city and we tried to keep it away from houses. We had a lot of help from the public.”
Beckett said it appeared that someone had let a camp fire get out of control.
“Access to the area is on a road that is closed. They apparently parked and walked up there,” Beckett said. “There was about four acres burned in the city.”
Chris Hatfield, fire marshal for the City of Logan, urges anyone with information on the previous fires to call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.
“Anyone with information on any of the structure fires, the one this morning or the one on 119 Dingess Street (Draper), call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE,” Hatfield said.
Statewide, there is up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction for arson.