Roanoke man arrested, charged with arson after allegedly setting trash can on fire

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – One person has been charged for allegedly starting a fire early Monday morning in southwest Roanoke.

According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, crews were dispatched to the 100 block of Church Avenue SW shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday, July 19 for a fire alarm.

When units arrived at the scene, they found a multi-story parking garage with attached businesses, but no visible fire.

Upon further investigation, firefighters found a small trash can that was on fire. It was quickly extinguished with a water can.

The fire was contained to the place of origin, Roanoke Fire-EMS says, and no injuries were reported.

Fire officials say the cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary.

The City of Roanoke’s Fire Marshal’s Office and the Roanoke Police Department have identified 25-year-old James Lewis Martin, Jr. of Roanoke, as the suspect in the incident. He was later arrested and charged with arson of an occupied public building.

If you have any additional information about the incident, you are asked to call either the Fire Marshal’s Office’s tip line at (540) 853-2406 or the Roanoke Police Department at (540) 344-8500.

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