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Louisa man faces arson charges at commune

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A Louisa County man is charged with attempted murder and arson following a fire at a Mineral communal home where he lived.

Nicholas C. Secret, 26, of Mineral will appear in Louisa General District Court on Monday for a hearing on the charges.

He is currently being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

According to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller, special agents were requested by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 12 around 7:30 a.m. to investigate a structure fire in the 1200 block of Indian Creek Road.

About 18 people lived at the two-story communal living residence called the Acorn community, which is a secular, egalitarian community that runs the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, according to its website.

All of the residents were able to safely evacuate during the fire, Geller said.

No details were released about a possible motive, but bloodhounds were used to identify Secret as a suspect, police said.

Geller said arson investigators are continuing the investigation and are consulting with the Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney on the case.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419


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