Carroll County woman arrested for arson after accused of setting building on fire

New River Valley News

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Carroll County woman has been arrested for arson after being accused of setting a residence on fire earlier this week.

On Saturday, April 24, deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to a structure fire at 1947 Deep Water Road in the Dugspur community.

According to the sheriff’s office, fire department members saw a woman standing outside of the residence who appeared to be smiling, watching the structure burn, and making statements of starting the fire.

The woman was later identified by authorities as 39-year-old Patricia Lynn Barker, who gave a false name while interacting with a deputy. While speaking with the deputy, officials say Barker admitted to starting the fire.

She was then arrested and searched. Authorities say they found suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on her person.

Sheriff Kevin A. Kemp says Barker later confessed in a post-Miranda interview that she set the building on fire using her sweater and kindling.

Barker was taken before a magistrate and charged with arson, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and identity theft used to avoid arrest.

She is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

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