Man Arrested After Intentional Fire Destroys Camper and Kills Dog

A man has been charged with arson after setting a camper and home on fire, which resulted in the death of a dog

Jefferson County Sheriff deputies responded to a fire at 3057 Hodge’s Switch Road in the Strawberry Plains community. Upon arrival they spotted a camper parked next to a mobile home engulfed in flames. The fire had spread from the camper to a section of the mobile home; however, it was saved by the New Market Volunteer Fire Department with only moderate damage to a small portion of the home. Witnesses told investigators that they overheard a man, identified as 36-year-old Corey Allen Wells, making threats outside the home before leaving. Deputies located Wells nearby in the woods and arrested him. A JCSO spokesperson said, the couple’s dog that was inside the camper perished in the fire. Wells was charged with arson and aggravated animal cruelty and is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center.

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