UPDATE ( Dec. 28 1:00 p.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An anonymous donor has pledged $15,000 toward the reward in the ongoing investigation of Sunday’s Berkeley County arson fire that resulted in the fatal injury of a W.Va. Air National Guard firefighter.

A reward of up to $20,000 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. Anyone with any information is urged to call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at (800) 233-3473.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the W.Va. State Police continue to investigate the 1:56 a.m. fire that resulted in the death of Senior Airman Logan Young, 30.

Young helped respond to a mutual aid call for a structure fire on Charles Town Road. Investigators have connected that fire with a second structure fire, also on Charles Town Road in neighboring Jefferson County, earlier that morning.

The ongoing investigation has determined that both fires, of vacant and unused structures about 3.1 miles apart, were set intentionally.


ORIGIONAL (Dec. 27 3:53 p.m.)

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. –  The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office has identified the cause of a fire that happened early Sunday morning as arson. The fire resulted in the death of a W.Va. Air National Guard firefighter.

The airman assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg was fatally injured during a mutual aid response call to the structure fire on Charles Town Road with the 167th Fire Department.

SFMO investigators have connected that 1:56 a.m. fire with a second structure fire that occurred at around 1:36 a.m. also on Charles Town Road in neighboring Jefferson County. The structures were vacant and not in use, and about 3.1 miles apart. Investigators have determined that both fires were intentionally set.

The SFMO and the W.Va. State Police continue to investigate.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at (800) 233-3473. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.