The Office of the State Fire Marshal has completed a month-long investigation into two arson fires and several other crimes that occurred at the same home which was under construction near Smyrna. Two males, one 18 and one 17, were charged in the case August 27.


The Office of the State Fire Marshal has completed a month long investigation into two arson fires and several other crimes that occurred at the same dwelling which was under construction near Smyrna.

The first arson fire occurred on July 25, in the unit block of Newell Court in the Heritage Trace development located off Brenford Road south of Smyrna. Investigators determined the suspects entered the residence, which was under construction, and set fire inside the home causing approximately $5,000 damage, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock.

The second arson fire occurred at the same residence later that same month. Investigators determined the same suspects entered the home by breaking several windows and a door and then setting a fire again inside the home causing approximately $6,000 in damages, Bullock said.

Officers from the State Fire Marshal’s Office obtained and executed an arrest warrant on August 27 for a 17-year-old male who resides in the Brenford Woods development near Heritage Trace.  The juvenile was charged with two counts of second-degree arson, two counts of second-degree burglary, and two counts of second-degree conspiracy, all of which are felonies, and one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief. He was arraigned through Kent County Family Court and released on bond into the custody of his guardians to await another court appearance.

An arrest warrant was also obtained for an Edward Ross, 18, of Smyrna, who is currently being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on charges of burglarizing a cigarette and tobacco store south of Smyrna. Ross is being charged with the same crimes as the juvenile.