Arson alleged after house burns

Part of Bibb Store Road was at a standstill on Sunday as fire crews worked to extinguish a house fire and law enforcement sought the man they allege started it. 

Carroll Gay, 41, of Orange County was charged with arson and two counts of malicious wounding. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office says he stabbed a man and woman who had been asleep in the house, then set it on fire after they escaped.

The two victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at an area hospital. 

The fire burned down one of the county’s oldest homes. The Thurston House was built in 1746 by Robert Anderson, according to the Louisa County Historical Society.

Authorities went to the scene in the 4000 block of Bibb Store Road at about 12:35 p.m. on Sunday after the victims called to report they had been stabbed. As deputies arrived, they discovered a large amount of smoke at the back of the house. The attic was already fully engulfed. 

Gay fled the scene but was captured without incident in Greene County, sheriff’s office Det. Chuck Love said. 

Gay was denied bond in Louisa General District Court on Tuesday on the arson charge and one count of malicious wounding. He is currently being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail. 

The next court hearing for Gay will be on Sept. 9 in Louisa Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The second malicious wounding charge will be considered there because of Gay’s relationship with one of the victims.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (540) 967-1234.