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Man accused of torching Mechanicsville home just got out of jail

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (WTVR) — A man recently released from jail, according to family friends, has been charged with arson after a Mechanicsville home was nearly burned to the ground.

Hanover Fire & EMS crews responded to a large house fire in Saturday night.

According to Hanover Fire & EMS, crews were dispatched to the 6900 block of Brooking Way just before 9:30 p.m. When crews arrived, the single-family home was fully engulfed in flames.

Witnesses said the flames were leaping more than 30 feet in the air.  The fire was so hot, it melted vinyl siding on the neighbors house more than thirty yards away.

The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes. No one was injured, but the house was a total loss.

After an investigation, the Hanover Fire Marshal’s Office has charged Glenn Harold Broughman Jr., with arson of an occupied dwelling.

Broughman  was released from jail on Monday, according to a close family friend who spoke with CBS 6 reporter Jake Burns.  Online court records indicate Broughman plead guilty to DWI, assault and battery, and eluding police last year.

Broughman was arrested on the scene, and witnesses said he was hiding in a garage behind the home when investigators found him.

Family friends said Broughman ex-wife and son were living in the home.  Most of their possessions were destroyed in the fire.

Fire Marshals have not released a motive for the arson fire at this time.

10 comments

  • PA

    After an extensive investigation leading to an arson arrest,
    there is no further public information?

  • Judy Smith

    “Fire Marshals have not released a motive for the arson fire at this time.”

    I’m willing to bet it has to do the the fact that “Broughman’s ex-wife and son were living in the home” But that is just a guess. I am glad they are ok, sorry they lost all their possessions.

  • Cindy

    She’s his wife and he isn’t going to tell anyone what sick, twisted reason why he did it..he never has claimed it was on purpose..and ALL of their things were destroyed in the fire. His “wonderful” sister took all of his stuff last year when it was to be auctioned off and he was in jail..because she is his POA and has control of his money..didn’t pay the bills, just kept bonding his drunk butt out so he could get more DWI charges..

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