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W.Va. man, 22, charged with arson after setting bed on fire

August 13, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man charged with the July 14 arson of a Martinsburg-area residence is accused of setting a bed on fire with a lighter after breaking into the home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Aaron L. Curry, 22, of Roberts Drive in Martinsburg was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond Tuesday after being arraigned by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one count of first-degree arson, according to jail and court records.

Bedington Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 311 Trimble Ave., at 2:33 a.m., according to court records.

Police determined that the arson suspect entered the home by removing an air conditioner in a window and then opening an adjoining window, according to court records.

Assistant State Fire Marshal George A. Harms said in his complaint that the defendant allegedly took some electronic games from the residence and in the process set the bed on fire with a lighter while looking for “stuff,” according to court records.

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The people who lived at the residence were away at the time of the fire, according to court records.

Harms said in the complaint that he was informed by West Virginia State Police Trooper Matthew Morgan that the home had been broken into and later ruled cause of the fire to be arson after interviewing firefighters and examining the fire scene, according to court records.

— Matthew Umstead

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