KEYSER - A New Creek man who confessed to setting fire to his own property on Saturday remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.

By Liz Beavers
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Tribune Managing Editor
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KEYSER - A New Creek man who confessed to setting fire to his own property on Saturday remains in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.
Eugene Scott Paxton, 51, was located in Keyser Saturday night after the blaze destroyed his home on Paxton View Lane.
The fire was reported at approximately 8:13 p.m. Saturday, with the caller indicating he had to walk approximately 30 minutes from the remote location to a neighbor’s house to reach a phone.
Due to the very remote and rural setting of the fire, fire department vehicles had extreme difficulty in accessing the scene, and only tankers and brush units were able to get to the residence. All engines had to stage along New Creek Highway.
One firefighter suffered difficulty breathing as they fought the blaze and had to be treated at WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital.
The Mineral County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident,  along with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, and took Paxton into custody later that evening.
He was taken to Mineral County Magistrate Court and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bond on a charge of first-degree arson.
Firefighters responding to the scene included New Creek, Keyser, Fountain, Burlington, Elk District, and Potomac No. 2 of Westernport.