The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate a recent Toms Brook fire that has been ruled an arson.
A search warrant recently filed in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court reveals that the victim, Jason Ferris, provided investigators with the name of a man he thought could have been responsible for the fire at the home at 3475 N. Main St. Ferris said he and the man had an argument in the weeks prior to the fire about the “care and keeping” of an unrelated residential property.
According to the warrant, the man denied any involvement.
Fire Marshal Dave Ferguson said he has not yet been able to either rule out or confirm the man as a suspect.
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Authorities did seize a cellphone the man was known to use and have examined it, Ferguson said.
He declined to comment on whether anything of not anything was found on the phone.
Investigators are still collecting evidence, sifting through evidence already collected and interviewing people.
Ferguson said his office is asking anyone with information on the fire to contact him at 540-459-6177.
“This is very much still an ongoing investigation,” he said.
The fire occurred at around 2:20 a.m. March 12. It appeared to have been set on the front porch, which is below the bedrooms where family members were sleeping, investigators have previously said. The fire then spread to the first and second floors.
Ferguson has previously said Ferris, his 16-year-old daughter and his 18-year-old son were asleep in the home at the time of the fire.
Ferguson has also said that investigators have collected several debris samples, part of a tire, siding, electrical and plastic components, and fingerprints.
The fingerprints were in a location that makes them crucial evidence, and other crucial evidence was collected as well, he said.
Law enforcement officials had three K-9 dogs at the scene — two tracking K-9s and a K-9 used to detect fire accelerant — that were a part of evidence collection.