A Front Royal woman has been charged with one felony count of arson following a house fire on Monday.
Shenisa Mohammed, 21, is accused of setting fire to a home at 8561 Winchester Road. According to a criminal complaint, Mohammed, who was identified as an occupant of the home, confessed to authorities she set fire to it by using a lighter and gasoline, according to the criminal complaint.
Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to the fire at 3 p.m. Monday. Officials said they found “significant fire conditions” on the home's first floor and attic, according to a news release. It took firefighters about 50 minutes to bring the fire under control.
Additional Warren County engine companies and two additional mutual-aid engine companies from Middletown and Stephens City assisted.
The news release states there were occupants home at the time of the fire but there were no injuries reported. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages and contents loss and displaced the occupants from the home. The occupants received assistance from the American Red Cross.
The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and determined it was arson. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division joined the Fire Marshal’s Office in the investigation. It received assistance from the Town of Front Royal Police Department Criminal Investigations Division and the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office Canine Division.
Sgt. Daniel Maxfield, with the Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday that they did not yet have a motive for the fire.
Mohammed is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. She appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday.
Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540-636-3830 or Maxfield at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.