A spokesperson for Galax Police Chief Rick Clark advised that Philip Allen Holdaway, 34, of Galax, has been charged with Burglary and Arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a portion of Pinecrest Apartments on August 21.
The Galax Volunteer Fire Department was called to the Pinecrest Apartments at 2:04 a.m. and discovered a portion of the building fully involved. The portion of the building where the fire occurred is considered a total loss.
Clark said Holdaway was charged by Police Officer Drew Burnett and Sgt. Jody Poole with arson, and burglary with the intent to commit Arson. Clark said Holdaway is also charged with Arson at the same location in connection with a fire that was discovered on March 24, 2013 and extinguished.
Holdaway is being held without bond in the New River Valley Jail.