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New details released in fatal fire investigation

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS -WVVA has obtained a copy of the criminal complaint in the arrest of Carl Cox, 36, the man charged with first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree arson.

According to the court document, two witnesses named Cox as the person who started the fire on Jasper Lane near Sophia. Both witnesses state that Cox emptied a Gatorade bottle containing some sort of accelerant over the front porch of the mobile and lit it on fire with a match.

The victim, David Davis, 56, was found unresponsive by emergency workers in a back bedroom of the mobile home. He was pulled out of a broken window, but attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. A preliminary autopsy report indicates that Davis had soot in his lungs.

The fire eventually spread to a residence in front of the mobile home owned by James and Melissa Jarrell.

In the criminal complaint, one witness also states that Cox may be responsible for another fire in the same mobile home park.

Cox is being held in Southern Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.


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SOAK CREEK (WVVA) What started out as suspicious trailer fires Monday morning is now being investigated as a homicide. 

Carl Cox was arrested on Monday on two counts of First Degree Arson after the body of David Davis was discovered in one of the homes. 

An autopsy by the state medical examiner on Tuesday revealed soot in Davis' lungs, indicating he was still alive at the time of the blaze. Now, Cox is facing a first degree murder charge as well. 

But while Davis did not live to tell his story, the neighbors who lost their home in the blaze did. James and Melissa Jarrell said they woke up to a strange noise on Monday morning. 

"My cat jumped up in the window. I saw orange and thought, I must be dreaming." But it was not a dream. James Jarrell's house was on fire and he knew he had to move quickly to get his wife, Melissa, and daughter, 8, out.a

"Basically, I worked my whole life and I have nothing now, nothing at all for her." said Jarrell. 

Melissa Jarrell said she would appreciate any donations of clothes, food, or other house items. Their daughter also lost all of her back-to-school clothes and would appreciate any size 10-12 clothes. 


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RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) A man is charged in connection with a fatal fire in Raleigh County.

Carl Cox, 36, was arraigned Tuesday morning on two counts of first-degree arson. Additional charges are pending.

The fire started shortly after midnight Monday inside a mobile home on Jasper Street in Soak Creek, near Sophia. When firefighters searched the residence, they found the body of one person inside.

About two hours later, a fire started at a home just several feet in front of the first residence. We are told, several firefighters were injured from fallen debris and one suffered smoke inhalation. The injured firefighters were treated and released from a local hospital.

The victim has been identified as David Davis, 56. According to the West Virginia State Police, Davis died in his single-wide trailer.

No other details are known. Cox is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail

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RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) Investigators are on the scene of a fatal fire in Raleigh County, WV.

The fire started shortly after midnight inside a mobile home on Jasper Street near Sophia. When firefighters searched the residence, they found the body of one person inside.

About two hours later, a fire started at a home just several feet in front of the first fire. We are told, several firefighters were injured from fallen debris and one suffered smoke inhalation. The injured firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The identity of the person found dead in the fire has not been identified.

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