CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 41-year-old Ritchie County man is facing charges of first-degree arson in connection with a fire set to a garage owned by his ex-girlfriend.

Randy Allen Bartram, of Smithville, set a fire that damaged a two-car garage on Hazel Green Road in Smithville on Jan. 13, according to a release from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Two different witnesses told investigators that Bartram had talked to them about setting fire to his estranged girlfriend’s property, just an hour before the fire occurred. Bartram further asked for a ride to where his ex-girlfriend was staying and made threats there.

Bartram was arrested Feb. 13 and is currently in the North Central Regional Jail. He is likely facing future charges as the investigation continues.

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