Media Release: W.Va. State Fire Marshals investigation aids in Marion County arrest


Jan. 11, 2019
W.Va. State Fire Marshals investigation aids in Marion County arrest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office announces the arrest of a man in connection with a fire set to a residence in Fairmont.
Chad Allen Moore, 46, of Fairmont, is charged with first-degree arson. Investigators believe Moore set a fire that severely damaged a home on Colfax Road in Fairmont on Jan. 6, 2019.
The Winfield District VFD responded to the working structure fire at 2662 Colfax Rd. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department arrested the occupant, Chad Allen Moore, for setting fire to the home. 

Moore had confessed to deputies to setting fire to stairs located on the first floor. Deputies say Moore told neighbors that he had been held captive by six individuals, so he set fire to the house in order to escape.  He further added that they suspected he was using drugs.

Investigation of the fire scene revealed the presence of an ignitable liquid, therefore the fire was ruled incendiary in nature.

Moore was arrested Jan.7 and arraigned in Marion County Magistrate Court. He was sent to North Central Regional Jail before posting a $50,000 bond. 
This arrest resulted from a combined effort by WVSFMO investigator R.C. Ayersman and Marion County Deputies N. Minnick and Deputy Z. Bennett.