Fire marshal: Three fires at same house were arson

Early morning fires Sunday and Tuesday at a single family home at 339 Osage St. in Front Royal have been classified as arsons by Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico.

Maiatico said Tuesday a third fire at the same house on Nov. 29 has also been ruled arson.

No one was injured in any of the fires.

“The property was not being resided in at the time of any of the fires,” Maiatico said. “The owner had some belongings in the home but was not physically residing there.”

Maiatico said authorities are offering an undetermined reward for any information leading to an arrest.

“The investigators want to see if the public can provide assistance in bringing this case to a close,” Maiatico said.

Maiatico said authorities have some “theories” about the motives for the arson “but we’re not going to release any of that right now.”

All three of the fires at the residence were reported in the early morning hours. The fire on Sunday was called in at 1:58 a.m., and the one on Tuesday at 5:48 a.m.

Maiatico said in a written statement that firefighters found a “significant” fire at the residence, but were able to extinguish it quickly. Maiatico said the fires have left the house uninhabitable.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the fires to contact Maiatico at 636-3830 or Front Royal police Detective David Fogle at 635-2111.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com