By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 9-year-old Martinsburg boy was charged with second-degree arson Wednesday following a March 22 fire that raced through three vacant houses on East Burke Street, police said.
The boy's name was not released because of his age.
The fire started shortly after 10 p.m. on March 22 at a house at 318 E. Burke St., said Capt. John Bigiarelli of the Martinsburg Fire Department. From there the fire spread to two more houses at 316 E. Burke St., and 320 E. Burke St., Bigiarelli said.
Investigators believe the fire was started when some paper inside a bucket was lighted, said Detective Kevin Miller of the Martinsburg Police Department.