MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man was charged Tuesday in connection with a fire last week at an apartment above the Blue White Grill at the intersection of Queen and Burke streets.
Francis Issac Smith, 20, was charged with first-degree arson and nighttime burglary. He was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night on $60,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.
In the arrest warrant, Detective Sgt. George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department alleged that Smith told police he and another man broke into a neighbor's apartment on Jan. 15, took some items and then set the apartment on fire. Smith previously lived in Apartment 2 above the restaurant; the fire and burglary happened at Apartment 1, police said.