Richmond teen arrested for Mechanicsville neighborhood fires

Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 18, 2012

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Hanover authorities have arrested an 18-year-old  Richmond teen accused of setting three fires in the Kings Charter subdivision since April.

The arrest was announced in a joint news release Saturday morning by the Hanover County Fire Marshal and Sheriff’s offices.

Jacob G. Spiro, of the 3900 block of Monument Avenue in Richmond, was arrested Friday night after a search warrant was executed at his residence.  Officials believe he acted alone.

“I am extremely proud of the cooperation of the Hanover Fire Marshal’s and Sheriff’s Office. Their investigation has brought closure to the arson fires in Kings Charter. Our community can be assured that this issue has been solved,” said Fred Crosby, Hanover Fire/EMS Fire Chief in a media release.

On June 8, at 2 a.m., the Hanover Fire Department responded to another fire in the King’s Charter neighborhood.  It happened at the King’s Charter Clubhouse located at the 9400 block of King’s Charter Drive.  Damages to the clubhouse exceeded $1 million.

Another fire happened on the same block earlier that night, but it was quickly extinguished.

Previously, on April 24, Hanover Fire responded to a fire at the 9300 block of King’s Charter Drive.  The house suffered some damage.

Spiro is currently in the Pamunkey Regional Jail under no bond until his first court appearance next week.

Police are continuing their investigation.  If you have information that could help authorities, call the Hanover Fire Marshal’s Office at 365-6140 or the Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Stay with and watch CBS 6 News at 6 p.m. for updates on this developing story.