Man Charged With Setting Fire To His House

Deputies: Suspect Hit Wife’s Car With Pickup

Posted: May 21, 2014

A Mauertown man faces five charges after allegedly ramming his wife’s vehicle with his and setting several fires inside and outside of the couple’s home late Sunday.

Daniel P. Bowden, 49, of 2605 Zion Church Road, was arrested and charged with burning an occupied dwelling, burning personal property, attempted malicious wounding — all felonies — and being drunk in public and cruelty to animals, both misdemeanors.

A sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene at 11:21 p.m. Sunday and extinguished several small fires before arresting Bowden at 11:26 p.m., said Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department and Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department responded and had the fire under control by 11:50 p.m., according to a press release.

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke emanating from the front of the residence, a one-story wood-frame home. The 3,300-square-foot structure was still under construction at the time of  the fire, according to the statement.

The fires caused minimal damage to the home, according to officials.

Emergency dispatch received a call for a domestic dispute at 11:18 p.m. Sunday, Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said in the release.

Bowden’s wife, Lena R. Bowden, reported that he rammed her vehicle several times with his pickup prior to the sheriff’s deputy’s arrival, Proctor said. Lena Bowden was not injured, but both vehicles had extensive damage, Proctor said.

Alcohol was a factor but Bowden was taken into custody without incident, Proctor said.

A cat perished in the blaze. 

Bowden is being held without bond in Shenandoah Regional Jail in Woodstock. He has a hearing in Shenandoah Juvenile and Domestic Court on Thursday and one in Shenandoah General District Court on May 29.

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