WVa Police Arrest Man After Antique Mall Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Oak Hill, W.Va. (AP) -- Oak Hill police have arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of torching the largest antique mall in southern West Virginia.

James Michael Shell of Oak Hill was being held Thursday in the Southern Regional Jail on a charge of arson. It was not immediately clear whether he had secured an attorney.

A criminal compliant filed by Cpl. C.A. Young says shell told police he lit a candle to see after being locked inside the Carpetbaggers Antique Mall. Shell later told police he lit a box on fire.

Shell said he was trapped inside until firefighters broke down the front windows and door.

Paramedics treated shell at the scene.

The building, which housed 90 dealers, was a total loss.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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