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Man charged with arson in fire that destroyed home

January 20, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Falling Waters, W.Va., man was charged Thursday with arson after allegedly setting fire to his mother's house the night before, police said.

Paul B. Nida, 19, of 402 Burnside Drive was arrested by Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies at Lynn's Convenience Store carrying a lighter, which he said he used to set fire to a blanket in a rear bedroom of his house in the Potomac Hill subdivision in northern Berkeley County, according to police.

Six fire companies, including Bedington Fire Department and fire departments from Williamsport, Halfway, Fairplay, Hedgesville (W.Va.) and Baker Heights (W.Va.) responded to the Wednesday night blaze, which destroyed the house, valued at $80,000. The house was owned by Nida's mother, Mary Lenaham, according to police.

Nida was arraigned by Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra Miller on $250,000 bail. If convicted, he could face two to 20 years imprisonment.

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