Victim dead, suspect’s charges upgraded in Roanoke County assault, house fire

Caleb Firebaugh has been charged with first-degree murder in connection to a house fire and assault, according to Roanoke County authorities (WSLS)


The victim of a malicious wounding and house fire in Roanoke County at the end of May has died, according to Roanoke County officials.

The incident happened on May 28 in the 4000 block of Brookridge Road. Officials said they received a call that the homeowner had been assaulted and when first responders got to the scene, they found the victim lying on the front yard with flames coming from the house.

The suspect, Caleb Firebaugh, was originally charged with aggravated malicious wounding. His charges have been upgraded to first-degree murder.


On Saturday, May 28, 2022, at approximately 1:43 pm the Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call about a house fire where the homeowner had been assaulted in the 4000 block of Brookridge Road. Roanoke County Fire & Rescue and Roanoke County Police responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, flames were showing from the house and a victim was found in the front yard. The victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The fire was extinguished by responding fire personnel from Roanoke County and Roanoke City Fire-EMS.

A suspect and a suspect vehicle were quickly identified and the information was relayed to area law enforcement. About forty-five minutes after the initial 911 call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office advised that they had received a call about the suspect vehicle being involved in a car crash in the Boones Mill area of Franklin County.

The suspect fled on foot from the crash and was taken into custody by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. The suspect Caleb Firebaugh, 25, of Roanoke County was arrested and charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding and is being held without bond at the Roanoke County/Salem Jail. T

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