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Video: Arson suspected in WV fire that killed Senior Airman Logan Young, Air National Guard firefighter

Two suspicious fires 20 minutes apart near Kearneysville early Sunday

Drone video of fire by Paul Ratliff

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Arson is suspected in the fire that killed Senior Airman Logan Young Sunday morning in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Young was an Air National Guard firefighter from the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg and was on a mutual aid response for a barn fire in Berkeley County. Young and other firefighters were caught in a collapse.

From WV State Fire Marshals Office:

SFMO investigators have connected that 1:56 a.m. fire with a second structure fire that occurred at around 1:36 a.m. also on Charles Town Road in neighboring Jefferson County. The structures were vacant and not in use, and about 3.1 miles apart. Both fires were intentionally set, investigators have determined.

The SFMO and the W.Va. State Police continue to investigate. Anyone with any information is urged to call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at (800) 233-3473. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Maj. Holli Nelson, West Virginia National Guard Public Affairs:

Senior Airman Logan Young, 30, a firefighter assigned to the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg was fatally injured Dec. 27, 2020, during a mutual aid response call to a structure fire with the 167th Fire Department.

“This is an extremely sad day for West Virginia, especially two days after Christmas,” said Governor Jim Justice. “I ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in praying for Logan Young’s family and the entire West Virginia National Guard family. Logan stepped up to defend our country and protect our freedoms, and served as a first responder here at home. We owe everything we have to brave men and women like him. We will do everything we can to provide support to his family and will never forget his service and sacrifice to this great State and to our great Country.”

Senior Airman Young joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 2018 and served as a fire fighter in the 167th Civil Engineer Squadron. He enlisted into the United States Air Force in 2011 and served on active duty in the security forces (military police) career field before transitioning into the WVANG. He was employed full time at the 167th Airlift Wing as a Military Authority Fire Fighter. He was a combat veteran and had previously deployed to the Middle East in 2014. He was the recipient of the numerous awards and decorations to include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He was a resident of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and is survived by his mother, father, brother and fiancée.

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