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July 15, 2014

Local man faces arson charge after allegedly setting fire in apartment

BLUEFIELD — A local man is facing charges of arson and domestic battery after allegedly setting a fire because a former girlfriend refused to wash his clothes.

Mercer County 911 was notified approximately 7:45 p.m. after a fire was reported at Apartment 30 of Tiffany Manor in Bluefield. Firefighters and police who responded soon learned that a couch, blanket and pillow in the apartment had been set on fire, according to Patrolman J.D. Shrewsbury of the Bluefield Police Department.

A woman living at the apartment had thrown the 18-year-old man’s clothes outside, and they became moldy, Shrewsbury said. He allegedly set a fire in the apartment when she refused to wash them. The flames had been “stomped out” by the time first responders arrived. No injuries were reported.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was arrested and transported to the Bluefield City Jail to await arraignment on arson and domestic battery charges.

“He had no remorse for what he did whatsoever,” Shrewsbury said. “He thought it was funny.”

The Bluefield Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene.

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