Woman charged after fire at Lynchburg apartment complex

37-year-old Sarah E. Jiang (WSLS 10)

LYNCHBURG, Va.UPDATE - April 27, 2023

A woman is facing several charges after a fire at the Vistas at Dreaming Creek on Timberlake Road.

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The Lynchburg Fire Department says while they were responding to the fire, they found several items of concern in her apartment, which include:

  • Cocaine
  • Three Firearms and ammunition
  • Three suspected homemade explosive devices

The resident of the apartment, 37-year-old Sarah E. Jiang, of Forest, has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Three counts of possession of a Firearm while in possession of certain substances
  • Four counts of possession or transportation of firearms, firearms ammunition, stun weapons, explosives, or concealed weapons by convicted felons
  • Manufacture, possession, use, etc. of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6050 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900. Enter an anonymous tip online at P3Tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.

UPDATE - April 26, 2023

Several residents have been displaced following a fire Tuesday morning at an apartment complex, according to the Lynchburg Fire Department.

The fire happened at 4:30 a.m. at the Vistas at Dreaming Creek on Timberlake Road and led to the evacuation of 22 apartments.

When crews arrived at the scene, they found heavy fire coming from the third-floor balcony that looked as if it was about to spread to the roof. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under their control within about 20 minutes to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the building.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the people in the burned apartment were able to get out before crews arrived, authorities said. As crews worked to put out the fire, the apartment complex provided evacuated residents with temporary shelter within the complex.

Authorities told 10 News that more than 35 fire personnel responded to the fire.

Sources say the American Red Cross is working to help those who have been forced from their homes.

The Fire Marshal’s office has confirmed that the fire is accidental in nature and was possibly caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

The remainder of the residents in the building have been able to return to their homes.


Crews with the Lynchburg Fire Department are currently responding to a fire at the Vistas at Dreaming Creek apartment complex on Timberlake Road.

Residents have been evacuated as firefighters work to battle a fire in the attic of one of the apartment buildings.

10 News has reached out to the fire department for further details and haven’t heard back yet.

We will continue to update this article as more information become readily available.

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