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Fires in Bakerton labaled as arson

July 23, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

BAKERTON, W.Va. - An arson at a house in Bakerton Monday night is one in a string of recent incidents in the small town, including one that damaged a church parsonage, that police believe are related.

The fire at the house on Benson Drive started about 10:30 p.m. when someone threw a burning pack of matches into a dryer vent, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy R.L. Fletcher.

Occupants of the home used a garden hose to extinguish the blaze, which spread up the side of the house, Fletcher said.

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On Saturday night, a fire started on a porch of a house on Carter Avenue that serves as a parsonage for Bethel United Methodist Church, Fletcher said.

Volunteer firefighters from Friendship, Independent and Citizens fire companies were able to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the house, which is across the street from the Bakerton Store, Fletcher said.

The fire, which started about 10:30 p.m., has been labeled suspicious, Fletcher said.

On Sunday or Monday in the same area, someone crawled through a window leading to an art studio in a garage, damaging the studio, Fletcher said.

About two weeks ago, someone broke into the Bakerton Store and stole beer and cigarettes, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said he believes all the incidents are related, but it is unclear what the motive may be.

Bakerton is a small community north of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

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