The investigation into the arson fire at a Tom’s Brook home continues, and investigators are asking for help.
Shenandoah County Fire Marshal Dave Ferguson said his office is asking anyone with information, anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the fire and anyone who has video cameras in the area to call 540-459-6177.
Ferguson said this is still an ongoing investigation into possible suspects and a motive for the fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.
On Friday, he addressed community speculation that there had been an arrest in the case, and said one was made during the course of the investigation but it was not in respect to the setting of the fire.
He said they have interviewed several people and that during the investigation the Fire Marshal’s Office charged Mikayla Maier, 20, of Stephens City, with obstruction of justice as a result of her being uncooperative during an interview.
Ferguson said Maier is not a suspect in the case.
The fire occurred at 3457 N. Main St. in Toms Brook at around 2:20 a.m Tuesday. It appeared to be set on the front porch, which is below the bedrooms, and then it spread to the first and second floors.
Ferguson has previously said that Jason Ferris, his 16-year-old daughter and his 18-year-old son were asleep when the fire started. His daughter woke up and alerted everyone to leave the house.
In addition to the fire, misspelled graffiti was found on a detached garage at the back of the property. It read “(expletive) the conferacy.”
The family told investigators the graffiti was not there when they went to bed, Ferguson said.