Victims names released in Wood County deadly arson

DAVISVILLE, W.Va. — The state Fire Marshal’s Office has released the names of the man and woman killed in an intentionally set fire in the Wood County community of Davisville.

According to Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic, Robert Taylor, 58, and his wife, Charloette Taylor, 52, of 72 Spruce Street, were pronounced dead at Camden Clark Hospital early Sunday morning not long after the blaze that was set in their house.

A juvenile girl believed to have set the fire, remained detained Monday afternoon but not yet formally charged. A second girl, age 6, was revived at the scene. Baltic credited first responders, firefighters and deputies, with saving her life.

“Two sheriff’s deputies from Wood County arrived on the scene and they helped the victims as well. Two of them (first responders) performed CPR on the young child and revived her and she’s doing good now,” Baltic said.

The girl remained hospitalized Monday afternoon in stable condition.

Baltic, who is working with the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office, said the investigation is continuing. He confirmed the juvenile girl now in custody was at the scene when firefighters arrived. She was uninjured and outside the house.

Baltic said the fire was contained to one area of the house close to where the adult victims were found.

“There was not that much damage inside the residence. The fire was pretty much confined to an area inside the home which aided in my investigation,” Baltic said.

He said he was able to tell pretty quickly the fire had been intentionally set.

At least for now authorities are choosing not to release the names of the girls. Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure would have the option of filing a motion to have the girl who is the focus of the arson investigation tried as an adult.

Baltic said volunteer fire crews from East Wood, Mineral Wells and Deerwalk were on the scene quickly and did a good job knocking down the blaze.

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