Raleigh County Sheriff's Office

James Peters

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A man who allegedly set fire to his parents’ house in a Beckley neighborhood Thursday has been charged with arson.

James Alfred Peters, 44, reportedly had been living in an outbuilding in the backyard of the home on Maxwell Hill Road. According to the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Peters started the fire while his parents were asleep inside. They were not injured. The extent of damage to the residence was not disclosed.

Peters was charged with first degree arson, and is being held at Southern Regional Jail under a $50,000 bond.

His previous arrest record dates back to 2011.