COVINGTON, Va. — Update: 1/10/12, 11:55 p.m.:
Covington firefighters are investigating a fire that started at the home of a man recently arrested for murder.
The Covington Fire Department along with the Covington Police Department responded to a structure fire at a home in the 300 block of East Walnut Street Tuesday evening, at about 8:00pm. That is the home of James Bryant, the man arrested in connection with Saturday's stabbing death of Steven Seams. Bryant is currently being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail.
Fire investigators say no one was inside Bryant's residence at the time the fire began. But, they say that the cause of the fire is suspicious in nature, and is currently under investigation.
A detective from the Virginia State Police has been asked to assist in the investigation.
The Covington Police Department asks anyone who may have seen any unusual activity in the area of Bryant's home prior to the fire is asked to call Detective Sergeant Kenneth Duncan at 965-6332, or contact him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.