MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire that seriously injured a firefighter and destroyed a large barn off Williamsport Pike last week apparently was caused by two males who were smoking crack cocaine, according to court records.
James L. Blackford III, 30, told investigators that the fire started after he and another individual ignited rubbing alcohol behind the barn to heat crack cocaine in a smoking device made from a plastic bottle, according to a complaint filed by Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick J. Barker.
Blackford told investigators that he knocked the device from the other male's hands and it fell to the ground, catching grass on fire, according to Barker's complaint.
Blackford, of 167 Laing Drive, Martinsburg, is charged with felony counts of first-degree arson, setting fire on lands and causing injuries during an arson-related crime. He was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday on a $200,000 bond set by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow.