UPDATE: Man charged with arson in New Year's Day fire in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/8/20 5:05 P.M.

Police have charged a 24-year-old man with first-degree arson in connection with a New Year's Day house fire in Parkersburg.

Police said Gary Lee Midcap walked onto the porch of the home at 2012 11th Ave. about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 and set some Christmas decorations on fire. He then fled, police said.

Parkersburg Police posted surveillance video on the department's Facebook page showing a man believed to be Midcap on the front porch of the residence.

The fire damaged the front door, window and porch roof, but the residents, who were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors, were able to put it out before firefighters arrived.

Midcap was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court, where his bond was set at $50,000, and he was transferred to the North Central Regional Jail.

UPDATE: 1/8/20

The Parkersburg Police Department has identified a man wanted in connection to an arson investigation.

Police released a surveillance video showing the man on the porch of a home on 11th Avenue that caught fire early New Year's day.

No charges have been filed at this time, and police have not released the man's name.

The incident remains under investigation.


ORIGINAL STORY: 1/7/20

Parkersburg police are looking for a man in connection with an arson investigation stemming from a fire in the early morning hours of Jan. 1.

Police posted surveillance video of the man on the department's Facebook page. He's wanted in connection with a fire on the porch of a home at 2012 11th Ave.

According to Fire Chief Jason Matthews, the fire happened about 3:30 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The homeowners had put out the fire before firefighters arrived, he said, adding that it caused only minor damage.

Police have not said why they think the fire was intentionally set or why the man is considered a suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 304-424-8444. You can also leave an anonymous tip at www.pkbpolice.com or send a private message to the department's Facebook page.