Man arrested after abandoned house fire

July 17, 2018

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man has been arrested in connection with a fire at a house recently occupied by his relative.

Clay Napier, 52, was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with one count of first degree arson.

Napier was arrested after the Huntington Fire Department was called to a neighboring home of Napier’s in the 500 block of West 10th Avenue — the third time the department had been called to the location for fire this week.

The inside of the residence had a strong smell of gasoline, according to the criminal complaint. A soda can surrounded by pillows was located and also had a strong smell of gasoline.

In a back room, a piece of plywood used for security had been removed, and there was also a strong smell of gasoline.

When questioned by police, Napier allegedly said he had not been outside of his residence Saturday. His sister said she had been asleep during the incident.

As Napier stood outside the residence after giving his statement, his sister alerted police to a footprint found in her kitchen and bathroom tub. She gave police consent to search the home. Police allegedly found a palm print produced with soot on a cabinet. Clothes had also recently been washed.

Napier was also observed with soot on the tops and bottoms of his feet.

The burned home had been the former residence of a sister who had recently moved, according to the complaint.

Napier is being housed in the Western Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.