Reward rises for info in fire that killed WV Guard member

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A reward has been increased for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting a fire that killed a West Virginia Air National Guard member, authorities said.

The $20,000 reward includes $15,000 from a donor who wanted to remain anonymous, the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Monday. The award initially was $5,000.

Senior Airman Logan Young of the 167th Airlift Wing died Sunday while responding to the fire in Kearneysville. Young, 30, a Martinsburg resident, joined the Air National Guard in 2018 and served as a fire fighter in the 167th Civil Engineer Squadron.

The fatal fire was connected to a fire about three miles (4.8 kilometers) away at another vacant structure reported about 20 minutes earlier, the Fire Marshal’s Office said. Investigators determined both were the result of arson.