Man charged in Matoaka fire
MATOAKA, W.Va. — A Mercer County man has been charged with setting a fire that destroyed four buildings and damaged a fifth in Matoaka.
Matoaka Police Chief John Sommers tells media outlets that 29-year-old Brandon Paul Coomes of Lashmeet was charged with one count each of third-degree arson and entering without breaking.
Coomes is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on $1 million bond.
No injuries were reported in the fire that caused an estimated $4 million in damage on Friday.
The fire began in a former hotel that was being renovated into apartments.