Man charged with arson in West Side Charleston blaze

Court records say Desean L. Moses, 26, of Charleston is charged with first-degree arson in an Oct. 9 blaze on the West Side of Charleston. (WCHS/WVAH)

Charleston police said a man is charged with first-degree arson in an October fire that damaged an apartment on the West Side.

Desean L. Moses, 26, of Charleston was arrested Tuesday stemming from an Oct. 9 blaze at an apartment in the 800 block of Indiana Avenue, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

A witness said she went to the apartment with a female tenant to look for the tenant’s cell phone that was taken after an argument over someone stealing Moses’ heroin and money.

The complaint said when the women got to the apartment, they encountered Moses. The witness said Moses picked up a pack of matches from the rear bedroom and left the apartment by the front door then came back a short time later.

The witness said she left the apartment to ask her uncle to call 911. Once her uncle came outside, the witness said, she told Moses he had to leave. The complaint said Moses closed the apartment door and ran. The woman said she noticed the front door was locked, and once she walked across the street, she saw the apartment was on fire.

A Charleston fire investigator said there were four areas where the fire started – one in the kitchen, two in the bathroom and one in the back bedroom. The oven had been turned on, the stove burners were turned to high and clothing and other combustibles were placed on top and ignited. Burned match sticks were found in the bathroom where two points of origin were found.

The bedroom was the most damaged area of the apartment, where a bed, chair and other furniture were heavily damaged.

Moses is currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $75,000 bond or 10 percent cash.

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