UPDATE: Woman charged with arson in Family Dollar fire

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KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – UPDATE Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m.: The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office says Latasia Badger, 20, of Charleston is facing a charge of Arson, 2nd Degree in connection to a fire at the Family Dollar on 727 Virginia Street West in Charleston.

According to a criminal complaint, at the time of the Monday, Feb. 8 fire, an employee told police a woman who was in the store allegedly set clothing on fire and threatened her with the hammer. The employee, other employees and customers were gathered at the entrance while the officer was gathering information when a Black woman in a black zip-up hoodie, dark jeans and short tan boots exited the store.

Latasia Badger, 20, of Charleston is facing a charge of Arson, 2nd Degree in connection to a fire at the Family Dollar on 727 Virginia Street West in Charleston. (Photo Courtesy: WV Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority)

The complaint says employees told officers the woman exiting the store was the suspect they described. When she was detained, the officer said she “smelled of smoke and had white ashes on her breast area.” She did not give her name or speak at the time, but was later identified as Badger.

A second employee said while passing the clothing aisle, he saw the suspect allegedly spraying clothes down with lighter fluid.

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – UPDATE FEB. 8, 3:32 p.m.: Metro 911 officials confirm a suspect is in custody at the scene of a fire at a Family Dollar in Charleston.

Officials say no injuries have been reported. However, officials say smoke and water caused extensive damage to the building.

KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Emergency crews are responding to reports of a structure fire at a Family Dollar in Charleston.

According to Metro 911 officials say the call came in just before 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 reporting a fire at 727 Virginia Street West. There are no further details as to what caused the fire at this time.

Officials say the street is shut down due to the fire.

We have a crew headed to the scene and will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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