Mauerertown Man Charged with Burning Down His Home

MAUERERTOWN, Va. (WHSV)-- Local fire departments responded to a house fire in Mauretown on Sunday night.

The house was located at 2605 Zion Church Road. The first fire and rescue unit to arrive on the scene reported heavy smoke showing in front of the residence. The fire took about 30 minutes to put out.

The home was a one-story wood frame building with a basement owned by Lena R. Bowden. She and Daniel P. Bowden lived in the house, which was built in 2012, and still under construction at the time of the fire. Minimal fire damage occurred, but smoke and heat damage was noted throughout.

Daniel P. Bowden has been arrested and faces three charges in connection with the incident. One felony charge for burning or destroying an occupied dwelling, one felony charge for burning or destroying personal property and one misdemeanor charge for cruelty to animals.

The Bowdens' cat was inside the structure at the time of the fire and had died as a result of the fire.

Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, Tomsbrook Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department, and Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene.


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