CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two early morning fires believed to be arson were reported in downtown Charleston on Thursday, said Capt. Ken Tyree, of the Charleston Fire Department.
The first fire was reported just before 5 a.m. at the Broadway, 210 Leon Sullivan Way, where papers were crammed beneath a door to start the blaze, he said. The fire was out within a matter of minutes and did minimal damage, he said.
Another fire was reported about 6:30 a.m. at the old Ott Building, a vacant structure at 215 Dunbar St., he said. The fire was outside the building where a mattress and other combustibles were set ablaze. A window was broken and two doors were scorched with damages estimated at $1,000.
It is not known whether the two fires are linked to the same suspects. Both fires remain under investigation.