Juvenile charged with arson

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Police say a fire at a home in Baywood was set deliberately.

By Staff Reports

After further investigation of a fire that damaged a house on Haystack Road in the Baywood community, a 15-year-old juvenile has been charged with arson.
Police said Jacob Smith, 15, was held as a “person of interest” after the Feb. 16 fire at the home where he lived with his parents, Ben and Marissa Smith.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan did not release the name of the juvenile, or indicate if Smith is the 15-year-old charged.
Jacob Smith was reported missing after the fire was discovered that afternoon and local authorities launched an overnight search to locate him. He was found the next morning and taken into custody.
The Galax Volunteer Fire Department said the fire was confined to the upstairs of the home. No estimate of damage was available.
A missing persons alert said Smith was last seen walking away from the home.
Several rescue teams, police departments, fire departments and a Virginia State Police helicopter and tracking dog searched for Smith throughout the afternoon of the fire and the following morning.
Smith was found in a field near Little River Road, about a mile from his house. The teen had created a makeshift shelter underneath a timber lap pile, where he stayed throughout the night.