Fire marshal seeks help in investigation of 2 fires

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Investigators ask for help from the public as they try to determine the cause of separate fires on the same day at adjacent businesses in southern West Virginia.

A medical building under renovation and a gun shop were destroyed in the Feb. 10 fires in Williamson, the state fire marshal’s office said in a news release Thursday.

While firefighters battled a fire at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, crews discovered the gun shop had been broken into and items had been removed. The second fire at the gun shop occurred about four hours later with flames shooting through the roof, the statement said.

The state fire marshal’s office is working with Williamson police in the investigation. While the statement said it’s not known how the fires started, it said a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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