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McDowell Man Arrested on Murder, Arson Charges in Firefighter’s Death

Charleston, W.Va. - State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators charged a McDowell County man Thursday after concluding he intentionally set the fire that cost a volunteer firefighter his life.

Robert Beckner, 36, of Iaeger faces three counts of first-degree arson and one count of first-degree murder in connection with the June 20 fire that began at his residence.

Firefighters were initially dispatched to . . .