Crime & Safety

Arson charges for Roanoke man after setting fire in parking garage

Roanoke, Virginia – After fire crews found a small trash can fire in a parking garage, a man of Roanoke is facing arson charges.
Around 1 a.m. on Monday firefighters were dispatched for a fire alarm to the 100 block of Church Avenue SW.
Firefighters saw no visible fire when they approached the multi-story parking garage. Then they noticed a small trash can fire which was put out with a water can. No injuries were reported since the fire was contained to the trash can. The fire was classified as incendiary by crews.
The suspect was identified as 25-year-old James Lewis Martin, Jr. and is charged with Arson of an Occupied Public Building.

Donald Wolfe

Donald’s writings have appeared in HuffPost, Washington Examiner, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Virginian-Pilot, among other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He is the Virginian Tribune's Publisher.

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