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Arrest Made In Marshall Arson

Police say homeowner was drinking heavily

February 13, 2014
By SARAH HARMON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE - An Olive Avenue fire deemed suspicious by investigators was allegedly set by the owner of the home.

Timothy Albaugh, 32, was arrested Thursday, accused of setting his house at 121 Olive Ave. on fire with several cans of gasoline Jan. 10.

Detective William Whitelatch of the Moundsville Police Department said Albaugh admitted to drinking heavily the day of the fire. A toxicology report later revealed Albaugh had also taken benzodiazepine and opiates.

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Timothy Albaugh has been charged with first-degree arson for allegedly setting his home on Olive Avenue on fire after drinking and taking drugs.

Whitelatch said reports from the state Fire Marshal indicated they found large marks in the house that started in the living room and dining room area. The areas tested positive for gasoline and two gasoline cans were found inside the house the day of the fire.

Albaugh was the only person in the house at the time. He reportedly denied remembering how the fire started when talking to police. He also admitted he was battling depression after recently losing his job and fighting with his girlfriend.

"Police spoke with Albaugh several times and he stated he had no recollection of the incident and how it started," Whitelatch said. "He couldn't explain the gas cans."

Albaugh sustained second-degree burns to 25 percent of his body, with the majority of the burns on his back, arms and the sides of his torso. After he was taken to an area hospital, police obtained Albaugh's clothes and noted a strong odor of gasoline on them.

Albaugh was charged with first-degree arson and could face two-to-20 years in prison if convicted.

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