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UPDATE: New details have emerged about the fire in Leslie that left a man dead, and his home destroyed.

According to police documents, Harvey Davis admitted to using a lighter to start the fire.

56-year-old Dennis Williams was killed in the blaze.

Police said  the incident began with a verbal argument over a chainsaw that had been pawned.

In an interview, Davis told police alcohol was involved and he used a lighter to ignite a couch on the porch of Williams' home.

Davis has been charged with felony murder as a result of arson.

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UPDATE: A Greenbrier County man is behind bars Wednesday after allegedly setting a fire that killed a man.

It happened in Leslie, a community near Quinwood in Greenbrier County. County 911 dispatch said they received the call around 11:40 Tuesday evening.

Markell Mosley, who lives nearby, saw the flames. "It was a huge fire," he said. "There were flames everywhere."

Fire crews found Dennis Williams, 56, dead in the home when they arrived on the scene.

Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill said an investigation led deputies to Harvey Lee Davis, 35, from Orient Hill. Davis has since been charged with first degree felony murder as a result of arson, and taken to Southern Regional Jail.

Family members are shocked, and the community shaken.

Vivian Eichelberger, Williams' cousin, said he will be missed.

"It's sad, really sad," she said. "I just hate that he left the world this way."

Susan Bowyer lives in Leslie and said Dennis was a nice man who had just fallen on hard times.

"It never entered my mind that maybe it would be arson," she said. "I don't know anyone that would want to hurt him."

Cahill said additional charges are expected in the case.

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LESLIE (WVVA) - A Greenbrier County man has been charged with felony murder after another man was found dead inside his burned home.

The body of 56-year-old Dennis Williams of Leslie was discovered by fire crews that responded to the blaze at Williams' residence in the Leslie Bottom area late Tuesday night.

Crews from Quinwood and Rainelle battled the fire. The Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department also responded.

Harvey Lee Davis, 35, of Orient Hill, was charged with felony murder Wednesday. Police say additional charges may follow.

Felony murder is defined as a crime in which a person dies as a result of another felony that was committed.

WVVA's Kristen Conner was at the scene Wednesday morning and will have reaction from the victim's family this evening on WVVA News.

 

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