Man confesses to arson fire in James City County

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-01 16:10:00-04

According to the James City County Fire Marshal’s office, a man confessed to an arson fire that occurred on July 26 at 150 #3 Blows Flat Road.

After an investigation, officials determined that the fire was set deliberately.

They say the suspect, 57-year-old Andrew J. Gentry, III, confessed to starting the fire.

Fire officials say they found Gentry in a rear bedroom and attempted to rescue him. They say during the rescue attempt, he tried to assault the firefighters. No one was hurt by the fire or the attempted assault.

He was then transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment.

He has now been charged with assault and battery on a firefighter and burning or destroying a dwelling in connection with the incident.