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Moundsville man faces attempted murder charges after house fire

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 05:10 PM EDT
MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. – Moundsville’s Robert Wise has been charged with three counts of attempted murder after he admitted to setting his home on fire with three people inside Thursday night.
Police investigated a suspicious fire that was sparked around 10 p.m. Thursday night. It turns out it was all intentional, and the suspect meant to do harm to his family living inside.
The house, located along the 1800 block of 2nd Street in Moundsville, was blocked off Friday after suffering a majority of fire damage in the back and second floor.
"I heard them say there was a fire on the roof with a lot of smoke," neighbor Mary Roso said, speaking of the firefighters.
Three people were inside the home at the time -- two downstairs and one upstairs. Fortunately they all made it out.
"But while on scene, the officers were advised that the suspect having to do something with the fire was seen running from that area," Sgt. Don Dewitt of the Moundsville Police Department said.
About an hour later, police located Wise and arrested him for arson.
Dewitt said after Wise denied it a few times, he finally admitted to the crime.
"He's going to be charged with arson, and since there were three people in the home at the time the fire was set, there's going to be three counts of attempted murder," Dewitt said.
Dewitt said Wise was related to the two people who were downstairs in the home – his mother and grandmother. He also mentioned that right before he lit the house on fire, Wise was outside yelling and saying he hopes they all burn.

Moundsville man faces attempted murder charges after house fire

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