Authorities charge man in building fire

David Allen Hay

Authorities have accused a local man of intentionally starting a fire at a Warren County trucking business Thursday morning.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Allen Hay and charged him with burning or destroying personal property, entering someone’s property with the intent to damage it and deliberate or negligent burning, according to information released by the law enforcement agency Friday.

The Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services received a call for a building fire at 7:21 a.m. Thursday in the area of 75 Country Club Road. Fire and rescue units and sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find a small blaze in a maintenance building owned by Hahn Transportation. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, preventing the flames from causing significant damage to the building. No injuries were reported.

Investigators with the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office performed a joint investigation and ruled the cause of the blaze as arson. Authorities arrested Hay on the misdemeanor charges after consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney office. Hay was held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond.

Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Friday that deputies found Hay in the vicinity of the fire and arrested him on a charge of public intoxication. Authorities took Hay to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Hay became a person of interest in the arson case, Maiatico said. Later Thursday evening, authorities charged Hay with arson and related offenses.

Hay, 41, of no fixed address, was expected to make his first appearance Friday in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court via video, though his case will likely be handled in the General District Court. Hay has several convictions in General District Court for misdemeanor public swearing or intoxication since October 2017.

Anyone with information about the case should contact Maiatico at 636-3830 or Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Daniel Maxfield at 635-4128.