By Joe Beck
A Mauertown man has been charged with attempted malicious wounding causing bodily injury and public drunkenness after a fire broke out at his residence at 2605 Zion Church Road late Sunday night.
Daniel Paul Bowden, 49, remained held without bond in jail Monday. Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said Bowden is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
Dellinger gave the following account of the events leading up to Bowden's arrest:
The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at about 11 p.m. from a woman reporting her husband had rammed her SUV with his pickup truck several times while she was sitting inside the SUV in their driveway.
Bowden then entered the house and set several fires downstairs, Dellinger said.
Deputies arrested him without incident after arriving at the scene.
Dellinger said no one was injured, but deputies spent four or five hours at the scene. Several fire and rescue companies also responded and extinguished the fire.
"I know a deputy extinguished some of the fires with a fire extinguisher as well," Dellinger said.
No information was available from the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue on the extent of damage to the house.
"It caused some damage, but it wasn't destroyed," Dellinger said of the condition of the house after the fire. He added that alcohol contributed to Bowden's actions and subsequent arrest.
"They had been arguing off and on over the weekend," Dellinger said of Bowden and his wife.
Dellinger said the investigation is continuing, and Bowden may face additional charges, including arson, as authorities continue to gather information on the incident.
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