Man charged with arson in Suffolk house fire

The fire left another man seriously injured

Tyson Maurice Watkins. Credit: City of Suffolk

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk resident is charged with arson after a Sunday night house fire left one man seriously injured.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue officials say crews were called to the home on E. Washington Street just after 11 p.m., and found a two-story home on fire with a man on the roof

Firefighters rescued the man from the roof and paramedics flew him to the via Nightingale to Sentara Norfolk General hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. It took crews around 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.

“We heard 50 percent of his body is burned,” the man’s brother-in-law, Kelvin Chapman, said.

“I feel grateful right now for them to still be alive, and my brother-in-law, he’s still making it, but God will see him through.”

Crews shutdown East Washington Street between North 4th Street and North 6th Street to battle the fire.

Two other adult residents were initially unaccounted for, but officials later said they were safe and accounted for. Now one of those residents is accused of starting the fire.

Tyson Maurice Watkins, 25, has been arrested and charged with arson of an occupied building. Officials say Watkins was living at the home prior to the fire.

Additional charges may be filed, according to officials.

Watkins is being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail on no bond.

Matt Gregory will have a full report from Suffolk on WAVY News 10 at 4 p.m.