Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 18, 2013

Man charged with arson, destruction of property

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

RODERFIELD — A McDowell County man has been arrested on arson charges following a mobile home fire that created electrical outages.

Jimmy Ray Carter, 60, of Roderfield, was arraigned before Magistrate Danny Mitchell on charges of first-degree arson and destruction of property and was remanded into the custody of the county holding facility in lieu of $30,000 bond, according to a statement released by McDowell County Sheriff Martin West.

Carter was charged following a fire at a mobile home in the Old Tram Section of Shabby Run Hollow outside of Roderfield where he was residing on Thursday, West said. West said the mobile home owned was by Carter’s brother.

West said firefighters with the Welch Fire Department and Roderfield Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched Thursday following a 911 call indicating the mobile home had caught fire.

No injuries resulted from the fire and West said Carter was arrested on arson and destruction of property charges by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office following an investigation into the incident.

The blaze caused service interruption to AEP and Frontier Communications customers in the Roderfield area, West said.

The investigation into the fire is being conducted by the sheriff’s department and remains ongoing.

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