By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Keyser man has been charged in an arson fire which left two people homeless and injured a firefighter.
According to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Neil David Lambka, 48, allegedly intentionally set fire to a house on the corner of Third and Davis streets in Keyser on March 5. The Keyser Volunteer Fire Department responded and during fire suppression on the house, a Keyser firefighter was injured and treated by EMS at the scene.
When the fire was reported to Mineral County 911 at approximately 11 p.m. March 5, it was reported that one or more people were trapped inside the burning home, but the occupants were able to escape on their own, Keyser assistant chief Garrett Parrish told the News Tribune at the time.
Neighbors told the News Tribune the occupant of the home was Petranna Leatherman.
W.Va. State Fire Marshal investigators, in coordination with the Mineral County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, charged Lambka with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of causing injuries during an arson-related crime.
He was indicted on those charges by the Mineral County Grand Jury on June 18.
Lambka is currently being held at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail on unrelated charges.