Sunday, April 03, 2005

W.Va. man accused in microwave arson

A man was charged with arson on Friday after he allegedly heated a can containing gasoline in a microwave oven following a domestic dispute.

Vereen Taylor, 32, is accused of setting the fire at about 2 a.m. Friday after arguing with the mother of one of his children, Charleston police Sgt. Aaron James said.

Taylor and an unidentified friend got out of the house without injury. The friend ran back inside and attempted to put out the fire but was overpowered by flames and escaped a second time without injury, James said.

The two-story wood frame house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Taylor was being held at South Central Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.


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