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UPDATE: Ansell charged with arson

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 1:28 PM EDT
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ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) - A woman is charged with arson after a fire in Rockingham County. 36-year-old Laurel Ansell is accused of lighting 2 chairs in a living room, using a torch-style lighter and throwing a bag of cement over it.

Officials say Ansell was a renter.

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue responded to a call about the structure fire prior to 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Officials say the residence, in the 4000 block of Park Way in Elkton, was engulfed in flames. As of 11:30 Monday morning, responders were still in the process of putting it out.

Wes Shifflett of Rockingham County Fire and Rescue says everyone evacuated the house and there were no injuries.

The house is a total loss with more than 100-thousand dollars in damage.

Officials closed road to thru traffic.
Officials closed road to thru traffic.(WHSV)

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