CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jackson County deputies have arrested two people they believe may have set a fire that destroyed the home of Peter and Stephanie Lizon, the Leroy couple who made news last year after allegations surfaced that Peter had held Stephanie against her will in the home and brutally tortured her for years.
The Lizons currently are incarcerated. Stephanie is being held on child concealment charges. Peter is being held on obstruction charges.
Deputies arrested Colena Kay Martin, 50, and Christopher Michael Hill, 32, both of Ripley, on charges of first-degree arson. The pair is accused of burning the Lizons' Jackson County home to the ground either late Wednesday night or early Tuesday.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the two were arrested early Friday morning without incident. Hill and Martin live together and are in a relationship, Boggs said. The couple also knows the Lizons.
He would not comment on a possible motive in the arson.
Peter's lawyer Michael Hissam, an attorney with the Charleston-based firm Bailey and Glasser, said the Lizons had hired Martin to take care of some of their farm animals and dogs in the past.
Martin then began charging more and more for the same services and the Lizons opted to let her go in September, Hissam said.
No one was at the Lizons' home at the time of the blaze. Both Peter and Stephanie are being held in South Central Regional Jail after being arrested earlier this week.
Stephanie, 43, is being held on felony charges of child concealment. Peter, 39, is being housed on charges of obstructing.
Peter, a native of Czechoslovakia, came to the United States more than 20 years ago. They've been married more than 10 years. The Lizons moved onto the 38-acre farm at 465 Miller Hollow Road in 2006.
The blaze this week completely destroyed the home, leaving only charred remains and the house's foundation. Jackson County emergency dispatchers said a neighbor called for help after noticing the house was smoldering. A sheriff's deputy responded to the scene, but there was already little left.
No fire departments responded, a dispatcher said.