W.Va. fire chief accused of starting fire

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UPSHUR COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - The fire chief in a small West Virginia community has been accused of setting a fire on someone else's land in March.

According to court records, Jamie Pugh, chief of the Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department in Upshur County, initially told authorities that the March 30 fire started after he had a problem with his truck.

His red Dodge Durango was seen in the area just after 2 p.m. The fire was called into 911 at 2:22 p.m., according to court records.

A video shows he stopped and got out of his truck, court documents show. About 16 seconds later, smoke started from the spot where he stopped and exited his truck.

He later said he turned around because kids were playing by an abandoned house, which caught fire, and he heard a loud boom.

Pugh later admitted to starting the fire with a lighter for unknown reasons.