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Man charged with arson in Huntington fire

November 30, 2018

Jesse Dwayne McComas

HUNTINGTON - A $70,000 bond was set Thursday for a Huntington man accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage by setting a Guyandotte neighborhood home on fire earlier this week.

Jesse Dwayne McComas, 33, of Huntington, was arraigned on a charge alleging first-degree arson Thursday. Cabell County Magistrate Danne Vance set the bond.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, the Huntington Fire Department was called to a fire in the 200 block of Richmond Street in the Guyandotte neighborhood of Huntington. While firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, it heavily damaged an outbuilding and caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to the home next door.

A witness told police she had heard a popping sound coming from the south side of her residence. When she went to investigate, she saw a man matching McComas’ description yelling, “I’m setting this bitch on fire,” referring to an outbuilding, while he was spraying a liquid on the building.

She stated the man ran away after the outbuilding was engulfed in flames and before firefighters arrived.

The city fire marshal determined the fire had been set, and during the criminal investigation the witness identified the accused in a photo lineup that included his picture.

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