Adult Charged in Setting Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
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News Release 13-81
Date:  August 12, 2013

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue fire investigators charged, William J. Soper, 35, of 9039 Giltinan Court, with intentionally setting a fire, Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Soper intentionally set fire to several telephone books in a middle unit basement townhouse causing minor damage to the home. A battery powered smoke alarm had been disabled; however, a commercial fire alarm activated causing the alarm company to quickly notify the fire and rescue department. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Soper was charged with Virginia Code 18.2-86, a Class six felony.

Damage is estimated at $300.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711. Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.

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