Woman charged with setting Colonial Heights fire
A woman has been charged with setting the fire that damaged a building on Cameron Avenue in Colonial Heights over the weekend.
The fire department was called just before 11:30 Saturday morning.
Boisseau: When they got there, they had heavy amounts of smoke, found fire conditions in the bedroom, hallway and the attic space.
Deputy Fire Marshall Joe Boisseau.
Boisseau: Investigation determined that the fire was arson; we eliminated all the accidental causes.
There was, he said, no evidence of an accelerant.
Boisseau: Spoke to the occupant and the owner and subsequently arrested the occupant, Tina Nipchuck, and she's currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail under no bond.
Nipchuck was arraigned yesterday, charged with arson of an occupied dwelling.
Boisseau: Based off of the circumstances, everything that's going to be involved, she could be looking at some prison time, up to life in prison.
Both women had minor injuries and smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to the hospital. Damage estimates to the house run to $25 thousand.
John Ogle, WCVE News