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Residence was site of '09 arson attempt

By J.R. Williams -- jrwilliams@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County home spared in a 2009 arson attempt was destroyed by a Saturday afternoon blaze, but no one was injured, neighbors said.

Fire and rescue crews were called to 1074 McDonald Road about noon after a neighbor called 911, said Virginia Long, who lives across the street.

Little remained of the single-story home, which sits on a 5.5-acre lot near Wardensville Grade, west of Winchester. Its interior and frame were blackened and the roof had collapsed. No other homes were affected.

Drew Burnett, 19, said he was next door at his father's house when the fire broke out. Randy Tennant and two others who lived at the home were unharmed, he said.

"We saw the house lit up with fire, and smoke was just rolling," Burnett said. "It went up in three minutes and it was gone."

Firefighters were at the scene for several hours, he said.

The McDonald Road home was the center of a 2009 arson investigation that ended in the conviction of Tennant's onetime girlfriend, Kimberly Joy Thurber, who once lived there.

Officials investigating the June 23, 2009, fire charged Thurber with arson and other crimes after discovering kerosene dripping from a window air-conditioning unit. The home was damaged but not destroyed.

Thurber was sentenced in January 2010 and is incarcerated at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Troy, according to online records. She is scheduled to be released in 2015, a database says.

Tennant also was sentenced in January 2010 to five months on a charge of unlawful wounding by fire. That charge was based on a Dec. 21, 2008, offense, court records show.

A cause of Saturday's fire remained unclear. Fire officials could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Fire and rescue crews from Round Hill, North Mountain, Gainesboro, Gore, Middletown, Clear Brook and Millwood Station responded.

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