(09/26/2006)
Two 19-year-old Elizabeth men are facing multiple charges linked to a June fire that destroyed a section of the town, including the historic Robert's Hardware.

A Wirt County grand jury returned a 14-count indictment against Willie Ray Trembly Junior and a 17-count indictment against Jerod Ray Evans, on Monday.

Fire officials say the two set the early morning fire to cover up a break-in at the Roberts store.

The 1876 wooden building was destroyed, along with two other buildings. There was also extensive damage to two houses, a bank and a church.

The blaze injured two firefighters.

Trembly and Evans are charged with seven counts of second-degree arson, two counts of injury resulting from an arson related crime and one count each of breaking and entering, petit larceny, first-degree arson, third-degree arson and destruction of property.

In addition to those charges, Evans is facing three more counts of destruction of property.

Both men are in North Central Regional Jail and are scheduled for arraignment Friday in circuit court.


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