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Darrell Bruce Orange
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Bedford County man convicted of burning a cross in a neighbor’s yard in 2009 is facing charges in a Monday afternoon fire at the house he shared with his mother.
Darrell Bruce Orange, 52, has been charged with arson after a fire broke out at a house in the 1000 block of Murray Hollow Road in Montvale shortly after 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
Bedford County Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Marci Stone said Monday that the fire began in the back bedroom. Crews responding to the house found heavy smoke and flames.
Crews were called back to the house shortly before 10:45 p.m. Monday and found heavy fire coming from three sides of the building, according to the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department’s Twitter account.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Maj. Ricky Gardner said investigators do not believe Orange was involved in the second blaze and that the home simply caught fire again later in the evening.
Orange was sentenced to five years in prison in 2010 for a November 2009 incident in which he was convicted of burning a cross in the yard of his neighbors, an interracial couple. All but nine months of the sentence was suspended.
That case followed a string of incidents in which Orange was convicted of possessing a firebomb and burning a building, among other violations.
Stone said three people were displaced by the fire Monday. Orange is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.
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