Blacksburg man charged with attempted arson

A 47-year-old Blacksburg man faces arson charges after he allegedly attempted to burn his own home on Monday evening.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. Blacksburg Police responded to the 400 block of Houston Street after receiving a call from a citizen who reported the homeowner’s son was trying to set the house on fire. According to Lt. Nathan O’Dell, when officers arrived the west side exterior of the house was on fire.

Blacksburg Fire and Rescue responded, and the homeowner and her son were assisted from the house, neither required medical attention.  They were the only two who resided in the house.

O’Dell said the fire quickly spread to the front exterior and interior of the home.  The services of all three Blacksburg Fire Stations were utilized to extinguish the fire, which took approximately 2.5 hours.

Blacksburg Police arrested the man on the scene and obtained a felony warrant charging Terry Ray Smith with a violation of Virginia Code 18.2-77 (maliciously burn an occupied dwelling).  Smith is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

Damage to the house was estimated at over $200,000.