Man faces arson charges in Hampton

Carpenter, Kenneth Ray

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A fire last week in Hampton was the work of an arsonist, according to investigators.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Pereira with the Hampton Fire Division said the fire sparked in the 600 block of Chapel Street and crews responded around 6 a.m. Thursday. There, they found smoke coming from the eaves of the home.

No one was inside and no one was injured. An investigation found the fire was intentionally set and a suspect was arrested, Pereira said.

Kenneth R. Carpenter of Hampton has been charged with two felony counts of arson – one for Thursday’s fire as well as another on March 30 at the same home. Pereira said the fire March 30 was an arson attempt.

Further information was not immediately available.

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