PHICO The home of a former fire chief, accused of embezzling money from his volunteer fire department, caught fire Monday, January 30.
Thomas “Tommy” Perry’s home at Phico caught fire around 12:30 Monday afternoon, according to dispatchers.
The Chapmanville, Henlawson and Lake Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene and said the home was fully engulfed. People home at the time of the fire managed to escape.
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but no sign the fire was intentional.
Tommy Perry and his son Cody are accused of misusing funds at the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department. Both were indicted in September. The duo have two counts each of embezzlement, two counts each of fraudulent schemes and one charge each of conspiracy.