Arrest made in Huntington fire that killed 75-year-old woman

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UPDATE 03/2/2020 @ 11:15 AM The Huntington Police Department has released new details in the arrest of Joshua D. Hatten, 30, for first-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with a fire in Huntington last week.

According to a criminal complaint from the police department, during a recorded interview, Hatten admitted to killing his aunt Theresa Sue Wilson, 75, and starting a fire inside the home in an attempt to destroy evidence.

Police were responding to the home Thursday evening, Feb. 27, for a welfare check, as dispatch officials began receiving reports of a residential fire at the address. Wilson was found dead in the home. According to the complaint, a witness told police they saw Hatten leaving the home before noticing the fire. Police say he was later located and came to the Huntington Police Department under his own will.

UPDATE 02/29/2020 @ 4:00 PM An arrest has been made in the investigation of the structure fire that occurred on Feb. 27 at 1695 Charleston Ave.

Theresa Sue Wilson was located inside the residence by the Huntington Fire Department and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The investigation into the fire led to a person of interest being located and interviewed by Huntington Police detectives.

That individual, Joshua D. Hatten, 30,  has been arrested for first-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with the fire.

UPDATE 02/28/2020 @ 1:00 p.m. A woman who died in a residential structure fire Thursday night, Feb. 28, in the 1600 block of Charleston Avenue has been identified, according to the City of Huntington. 

During a search of the home after the fire was brought under control, fire crews found the homeowner, Theresa Sue Wilson, 75. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Members of the Huntington Police and Fire departments were dispatched to 1695 Charleston Ave. at 9:49 p.m. for a structure fire. The home was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and no other information will be released until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE 02/28/2020 @ 9:40 a.m. — Chief Jan Rader of the Huntington Fire Department says one woman has died as a result of a house fire in Huntington on the night of Thursday, February 27, 2020. The fire was reported around 7:45 p.m. Rader adds the fire remains under investigation. This makes for the second fatal fire of the year in the City of Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – One person has died in a house fire in the River City.

According to Huntington Fire, the fire was reported just before 7:45 p.m. on Charleston Avenue in Huntington.

The house was fully-engulfed already when fire crews arrived on scene.

Huntington Fire, Huntington Police, and Cabell County EMS responded to the scene.

We have a crew at the scene and will provide more details on this story as new information unfolds.

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