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Arson suspected in E. Prospect Street fire

FRONT ROYAL – A woman has been charged in the Saturday night arson of her East Prospect Street home and a nearby shed, according to a news release sent Monday by town police.

FRONT ROYAL – A woman has been charged in the Saturday night arson of her East Prospect Street home and a nearby shed, according to a news release sent Monday by town police.

Rebecca Melvin, 27, of 407 E. Prospect St., was charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a dwelling and one felony count of burning or destroying any other building or structure.

The release states that fire and rescue units and police were dispatched to 407 E. Prospect St. at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found a shed on fire.

The release states that the fire went on to destroy the shed in the back yard and significantly damaged a neighbor’s shed.  Firefighters then noticed fire in the home at 407 E. Prospect St.

Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said in a phone interview Monday that Melvin lives in the house with her husband and daughter. He declined to say whether the fire stemmed from a domestic dispute, saying “as far as motive goes, that has to be saved for the court.” He also declined to say how Melvin allegedly started the fire, but noted that the shed and the house were set on fire  separately.

Neighbors at the scene on Saturday noted that Melvin’s husband kept a variety of paints in the house.

Maiatico said Melvin was injured and transported to Warren Memorial Hospital. He added that he could not describe the nature of the injuries but that she did not sustain any burns

Melvin is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

The release states that anyone with further information is asked to contact Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Detective Z.M. King at 540-636-2208.

The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire along with the Front Royal Police Criminal Investigations Division and the fire marshal offices in Frederick and Fauquier counties.

 

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