Luray Arson Suspect in Court

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Thursday, Edgar Poole was found incompetent to stand trial. He'll spend up to six months in a state mental hospital to see if he might be able to stand trial in the future.

Poole's family says he's innocent. But at least one victim is not convinced.

"I think about it every day," said Andrea Allen. We interviewed her five months ago. She had jumped from her flaming apartment building, escaping alive but suffering from third degree burns and a seriously fractured ankle.

She lost all her belongings, her cat and her car. Today, she is walking, but still in pain. And the pain isn't just physical.

"At first, I wasn't able to go by the apartment or look at it. It was too much," she said.

But recently she went with her father, the owner of the building, to see it demolished. This vacant lot is all that's left of their nightmare. It's been hard getting back on their feet. The Allens only had liability insurance, so they won't be paid for their loss.

And it's been especially troubling to Andrea, because she knows the man suspected of setting the fire that changed her life.

"I certainly didn't think from working with him in the past that he could be capable of doing harm," said Allen.

Edgar Poole's family says he's innocent. But his past haunts him. The Page News and Courier reported in 1983 was on trial for five counts of arson in Maryland. "If it's happened once, it's happened twice, it can happen again," said Allen.

If Poole is found guilty he could serve thirty years behind bars. The most he could serve at a mental facility is five years.

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