Woman charged with arson in motel fire that sent 3 officers to hospital

1 person fighting for life, 3 officers sent to hospital in motel fire

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - One woman has been arrested in connection to a motel fire in Chesterfield that sent three officers to the hospital and seriously injured another person.

Chesterfield County Fire Marshal’s Office and Chesterfield police have charged Staci Darlene Austin, 46, of Chester, with one count of arson for allegedly starting the Interstate Inn fire on March 17.

The fire left one person fighting for their life and three Chesterfield police officers were sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out just after 10:35 p.m. at the motel in the 2100 block of Indian Hill Road just off Jefferson Davis Highway.

The blaze was marked under control at 11:35 p.m. and contained to one room that was significantly damaged, along with the exterior of the motel.

The fire, which displaced 33 people, broke out just after 10:35 p.m. Sunday at the motel in the 2100 block of Indian Hill Road. (Source: NBC12)
The fire, which displaced 33 people, broke out just after 10:35 p.m. Sunday at the motel in the 2100 block of Indian Hill Road. (Source: NBC12)

Fire officials say that of the 33 people displaced, seven are children.

Austin is being held at the Chesterfield County Jail pending a court date.

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