Owner charged with arson of Suffolk home

Photo by Suffolk City

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk man has been charged in the investigation of a large fire that destroyed a home he co-owns Friday afternoon.

Michael Lee Moring (Photo provided by Suffolk City)
Michael Lee Moring (Photo provided by Suffolk City)

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office arrested 62-year-old Michael Lee Moring on Monday, charging him with arson of an occupied dwelling, according to Suffolk City spokeswoman Diana Klink.

Moring was the only occupant of a two-story home in the 3500 block of Knotts Neck Road when firefighters were dispatched there for a large fire around 1:20 p.m. Friday. Crews found flames showing from the exterior of the house, upon arrival.

“You could just see the smoke high in the sky,” witness Mario Garay said.

Garay was one of many who saw the Suffolk sky turn black. He grabbed his camera and started snapping pictures of the flames.

“You could see the structure of the house, but after a while, the entire house was immersed in black smoke,” Garay said. “All I could see, really, was the frames of the window and through the black some I saw some blazing orange just coming through the windows.”

Suffolk fire crews did what they could to try to save the house, but it was a losing effort. The fire was just too intense. The only thing left standing was a chimney.

“The fire was too strong to put the fire out, but I was worried if somebody was in the house,” Garay said. “It was a beautiful house.”

Klink said Moring is an owner of the home in rural Suffolk.

The house fire remains under investigation by the Suffolk Fire Marshal’s Office. Klink did not say what the cause of the fire was or how many residents will be displaced, as a result of the fire.

Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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