8/8/2014 11:52 PM
by Karen Franklin
MATOAKA - The man police say is responsible for a Mercer County apartment fire is in custody Friday night.
Brandon Coomes, 29, was arrested for third-degree arson and breaking without entering, according to the Matoka Police Department.
He will be transported to Bluefield for holding and then arraigned Saturday morning.
The charges stem from a large apartment fire in downtown Matoaka. The apartments were part of a former hotel and currently being renovated.
Coomes was linked to the crime through witness statements. Police told WOAY that Coomes set the blaze accidentally.