Woman charged with arson, attempted malicious wounding after Danville house fire

    (Danville FD)

    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Fire crews in Danville responded to a house fire Thursday morning they said was caused intentionally and now a woman has been charged.

    Battalion Chief Chris Key said firefighters were called around 9:30 a.m. to Martin Avenue to find fire coming from the front and right side of the second story windows of a medium-sized two story home.

    Thankfully, everyone inside got out safely.

    Key said engine 2’s crew pulled 1 3/4” fire hose, knocked down the fire from the window and entered the house to locate the fire.

    Engine 3 secured a water supply for Engine 2 and Ladder 1's crew set up a van to ventilate the home, secured utilities to the structure, and then searched the house for occupants.

    The fire was located in an upstairs bedroom and Engine 2’s crew began extinguishing the fire.

    The fire was under control by 9:49 a.m. and had moderate smoke and fire damage in the upstairs bedrooms and smoke and water damage on the first floor.

    The Danville Fire Department responded with four engines, a ladder truck, a command unit, two-support units and one Fire Marshal.

    The cause of the fire was investigated by the Fire Marshal’s office and determined to be arson.

    Mikka Hodnett was charged with arson and attempted malicious wounding by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

    Family is being helped by the American Red Cross.

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