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Chesapeake trailer fire called arson

CHESAPEAKE — A mobile home fire in Chesapeake has been ruled arson by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

The fire at 52 Private Drive 1633, County Road 59, at Chesapeake, broke out at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday.

“When we arrived on scene, it was fully involved,” according to Ed Webb, Chesapeake fire department’s assistant chief. “We were there about two and a half hours. We did turn it into the state fire marshal. There were no utilities on at the house, no gas and electric. It was suspicious and we referred it to the state marshal because of that.”

The fire appeared to have started at the front part of the trailer and had gone through roof by the time fire fighters arrived.

Because the dirt road leading to the structure was narrow, firefighters had to lay 800 feet of hose to bring water into the scene from tanker and water trucks. The single-wide structure was destroyed.

Investigators have eliminated all accidental causes and found evidence to support that the fire was deliberately set.

“We are now looking for more information,” according to Shane Cartmill, public information office for the fire marshal’s office.

Chesapeake, Union and Proctorville volunteer fire departments responded to the scene. There was no one living at the trailer at the time and there were no injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal at 1-800-589-2728.