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Suspect named in arson case at Averett University building in Danville

Investigation reveals fire was intentionally set

James Buggett (Danville Police Department)

DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE 12/31

Authorities arrested James Lamar Buggett on Thursday morning without incident.

He is charged with one count of arson in connection with the fire at Averett University on Tuesday.


UPDATE 12/30

Tuesday morning at 3:14 a.m. Danville Fire Department responded to a building fire on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue. (Danville Fire Department)

Investigators in Danville are looking for the person they said started a fire at an Averett University building on Tuesday morning.

Authorities obtained warrants for Jermane Buggett on one count of arson.

Buggett is not in custody at this time.


ORIGINAL STORY

Tuesday morning at 3:14 a.m. the Danville Fire Department responded to a building fire on the 100 block of Robertson Avenue.

In a release, the fire department stated crews saw fire at the front door of the building when they arrived. They were able to put out the fire quickly. The fire was only on the outside of the building with light smoke inside.

The department’s fire marshal’s office investigated the cause and said the fire was intentionally set.

The building was a house that had been turned into offices for Averett University, according to DFD.


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