A Hillsville man has been charged with arson in connection with a trailer fire on Christmas Day. According to Hillsville Police Department (HPD) Captain J. A. Alderman, the incident occurred around 4 p.m.
HPD Officer Bradley Hoffman and Virginia State Trooper R.D. Horton responded to the call for a structure fire for the residence (trailer #14) located at 340 East Grayson Street. Hoffman found the trailer blaze was fully involved with visible flames and smoke coming from the mobile home.
The Hillsville Fire Department arrived on the scene along with Carroll County Emergency Medical Services shortly afterward. The fire resulted in Route 58 being closed for a period of time. Hoffman and Horton, along with Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, located the home’s resident, identified as Timothy Dale Guynn, age 38, a short distance away, Alderman said.
Alderman was called by Yonce to assist in the investigation. According to police reports, Hoffman and Alderman interviewed Guynn at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office concerning the cause of the fire and Guynn was charged by Alderman with arson of the mobile home shortly after. Guynn is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail currently with no bond. According to police reports, the home is a rental property owned by Tony O’Brian of Hillsville. It is considered a total loss.
Alderman praised Horton, the Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department and Carroll EMS for their quick response to the incident. He indicated due to the rapid response, the damage was confined to Guynn’s residence with only minor damage to another mobile home from the heat.