A member of the Woodstock Fire Department has been charged with setting an abandoned building on fire.
Around 9:53 p.m. on Friday, the Shenandoah County Communications Center received a 911 call for a structure fire at 402 W. Locust St. in Woodstock, according to a news release from the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Department.
The building was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived on the scene.
During the fire investigation, agencies were able to secure security/surveillance video that identified a person, wearing very distinctive clothing, standing in the front yard of the property approximately 30 minutes prior to the fire being reported, according to the news release.
The Shenandoah County Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Ray Boyd Kerns of Toms Brook without incident for one felony count of burning or destroying any other building or structure and one felony count of intentionally destroying, defacing, or damaging a building.
Kerns is currently being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. During the initial phase of the investigation, Kerns was noted as wearing clothing that matched the surveillance video. Kerns is a member of the Woodstock Fire Department Inc. The Woodstock Fire Department assisted in the investigation that led to Kerns arrest and remains cooperative with law enforcement, the news release stated.
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