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Police: Roanoke man charged for setting pizza boxes on fire inside Little Caesars

Kurt Davis (Roanoke City Jail)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Police and fire officials in Roanoke say they responded to reports of a fire inside Little Caesars in the 700 block of Brandon Avenue SW at around 1:16 a.m. Tuesday.

They say evidence indicated that a suspect gained entry to the business by breaking out a side window and climbing in.

Once inside, officials say the suspect set numerous cardboard pizza boxes on fire, causing extensive fire and smoke damage.

They say the fire department extinguished the fire. Damage estimates to the building have not been finalized.

According to officials, once emergency personnel were leaving the scene at Little Caesars around 2:11 a.m., they observed a small vehicle fire in the 1000 block of 23rd Street SW, a short distance from the business.

Officials say the vehicle had a cloth placed into the gas tank and the cloth set on fire. The van sustained minor damage from the fire.

Investigating officers were able to obtain video footage of the suspect from internal video surveillance cameras at Little Caesars. Patrol officers, detectives, and fire personnel worked throughout the morning in an attempt to locate the suspect based on his physical and clothing description.

At 11:40 a.m., officers say they located the suspect inside a public restroom at Towers Mall. The suspect was interviewed by detectives at the Police Department.

Kurt James Davis, 27 of Roanoke, has been charged with Breaking and Entering and Arson for the Little Caesars incident and Arson for the fire associated with the van. He is being held without bond at the Roanoke City Jail.

This investigation is ongoing.

Little Caesars said it will have to close indefinitely while they deal with the damage caused by the fire.

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