Two charged with arson in connection with Danville fire



DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE

Two people have been charged in connection with a fire last month in Danville, the fire department announced Thursday.

Mildred Herndon and Shad Lavinder are both charged with arson after the Danville Fire Marshal’s Office determined that an April 21 fire on Wood Ave was deliberately set.

Both Herndon and Lavinder are in the Danville City Jail.

ORIGINAL STORY

Crews spent nearly two hours fighting a fire at a vacant Danville home on Tuesday night.

Members of the Danville Fire Department arrived at 157 Wood Avenue around 6:30 p.m. to find a small one-story house on fire.

Fire in the basement and first floor was extending into the attic, according to the fire department.

Crews were able to get the fire under control just before 8:30 p.m.

The house was condemned after sustaining major fire, water and heat damage, according to the fire department.

The Fire Marshal’s office investigated the cause of the fire and determined it to be incendiary.

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