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W.Va. home fire was deliberate; victim critical

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 08:30 PM

AURORA, W.Va. (AP) — An explosion and fire that left a Preston County man in critical condition was deliberately set, investigators with the state fire marshal’s office said Thursday.

The incident occurred early Tuesday morning at a home in Aurora, severely burning 58-year-old Charles Wayne “Randy” Teeter, said Assistant Fire Marshal Mackey Ayersman.

Teeter was in critical condition Thursday at the West Penn Burn Center in Pennsylvania.

A gas line to the kitchen stove had been disconnected, and Ayersman said that’s believed to be the source of the explosion.

No one else was home at the time.

Ayersman said a suspicious fire happened at the same location in June, but it wasn’t investigated by his office.

He said it’s unclear whether Teeter is responsible for the explosion.

“What we can say is that he told first responders to just let him die and, ‘I can’t even blow myself up right,”’ Ayersman said. Those comments could indicate that Teeter caused the explosion, he said.