Juveniles charged in Stafford fire
Three Stafford County juveniles have been arrested in connection with Sunday evening’s fire that destroyed one house under construction and damaged three others on Sanctuary Lane.
The three were charged with burning or destroying a building, a class 3 felony, said Stafford Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Mark Doyle. The names of the three charged were not released because they are under 18.
Doyle said nearby residents gave information to the fire marshal, sheriff’s deputies and first responders about what they had seen around the three houses in the Seasons Landing subdivision north of Stafford Courthouse.
He said said details of how the fire started are still under investigation.
“It is a difficult crime to solve sometimes,” Doyle said. Some fire investigations are closed quickly, while others remain open for years and may never be closed,” he said.
Total losses were estimated at $200,000 to the two-story house where the fire originated and three nearby homes that were damaged by heat from the fire.
Because firefighters were able to prevent the other three houses from burning, $1.2 million worth of property was saved, he said
The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and the house was fully engulfed by flames when the first fire units arrived.
People were living in one of the houses, but no one was home at the time.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975