A Mercer County man is in custody after being charged with first-degree arson in relation to a suspicious fire at his residence.

Larry David-Dwain Carter, 32, of Princeton is currently in custody at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver in lieu of a $40,000 bond after being charged with first-degree arson stemming from a May 13 fire on Lazenby Avenue, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Scott Rodes. Carter was arrested by the fire marshal’s office and arraigned on Wednesday.

 Rodes said results of an investigation conducted by the state fire marshal’s office indicated Carter intentionally set a fire in his apartment, which was one of three apartments in a converted residence on Lazenby Avenue.

“We were able to determine where the fire started, how the fire was started and what was used to start the fire,” Rodes said.

Rodes declined to release any further details regarding the fire citing the ongoing investigation.

If convicted, Rodes said Carter could face between two and 20 years in prison. Additionally, Rodes said Carter could be ordered to pay financial restitution to the property owner, insurance companies, tenants of the other apartments and fire departments who responded to the call.

Anyone with any information about suspicious fires or arsons can leave tips anonymously with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office’s arson hotline at 1-800-223-FIRE or 1-800-223-3473.

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