Man accused of setting fire to Roanoke pizza business, van

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A man is facing charges in connection with what Roanoke police are calling an arson at a pizza business in the city.

Kurt James Davis, 27, of Roanoke is charged with breaking and entering and arson. He is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond.

Police and firefighters were called to a Little Ceasars restaurant in the 700 block of Brandon Avenue SW around 1:16 Tuesday morning.

Police say evidence indicated a person entered the business by breaking out and climbing through a side window. Once inside police say the individual set numerous cardboard pizza boxes on fire, causing extensive fire and smoke damage to the interior of the business.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which caused an unknown amount of damage according to police.

Less than an hour later, firefighters say they noticed a small vehicle fire nearby in the 1000 block of 23rd Street SW. Police say someone placed a cloth into the vehicle's gas tank and lit a fire. The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet van, sustained minor damage according to police.

According to police, video footage obtained from Little Caesars helped them identify the individual they believe is responsible for setting the fires.