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Mother of three arrested for West End medical building break-in, fire

Posted at 11:10 AM, Sep 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-01 19:53:16-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Crozier woman was arrested and charged in connection to a Tuesday morning fire and break-in at a West End medical building. Police stopped Deana Annette Clements, 46, driving an SUV away from the building along the 10200 block of Three Chopt Road, at Gaskins Road.

Deana Annette Clements (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Deana Annette Clements (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

"Officers located evidence within the vehicle that implicated Clements in the burglary and arson," Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Chris Eley said. "After a joint investigation between the Henrico County Police Division and the Henrico County Division of Fire, Deana Clements was charged with trespassing, burglary, possession of burglary tools, vandalism, and arson. Clements is currently being held in the Henrico County Jail without bond."

Online court records indicated Clements was due in Henrico General District Court next week on trespassing and destruction of property charges following a July arrest.

Police were initially called to the building at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning for a reported breaking and entering at a building that houses Holbert Family Orthodontics and the Balance & Ear Center.

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Once on scene, responding officers found fire inside the building and quickly called firefighters.

"Inside the doctors office fire crews found fire that had been mostly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system. A total of eight fire apparatus and three command staff responded to the fire incident. The sprinkler system of the building kept the fire minimized," Henrico Fire Capt. Danny Rosenbaum said. "There was minor smoke, water, and fire damage done to the building."

The fire was marked under control at 3:26 a.m.

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

Firefighters and police responded to the medical building at Three Chopt and Gaskins roads. (PHOTO: Jake Burns)

"The business was not occupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries. The fire is currently under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office," Capt. Rosenbaum said.

Three Chopt Road was closed early Tuesday morning; however, officials reopened it around 5 a.m. The extent of damage to the medical building has not yet been released.