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Husband Charged with Arson in Mechanicsville House Fire

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All that's left of the Mechanicsville home is charred debris littering the front yard. All that's left of the Mechanicsville home is charred debris littering the front yard.
Glenn Harold Broughman Jr. Glenn Harold Broughman Jr.
MECHANICSVILLE (WRIC) - Police have charged the estranged husband of a woman who lived in the house involved in Saturday's fire.

Suzanne Broughman says that her estranged husband Glenn Broughman had just gotten out of jail last week. He was serving time for eluding police, assault and battery and several DUI charges.

All that's left of the Mechanicsville home is charred debris littering the front yard.

It was around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when neighbors spotted flames coming from the house. By the time Hanover firefighters got there, it was full engulfed. It took about 45 minutes to get the blaze under control, but the damage had already been done.

Investigators quickly charged Glenn Broughman with arson. They won't say how the fire started or what lead them to Broughman. His wife, who had been living in the home with their son, says he did it for revenge.

"I cannot fathom that he was willing to go back to jail for an arson charge just because he didn't want me to have my stuff - mine and his sons," she says. "What kind of person does this to their child?"

Broughman was recently serving time in jail for an incident that happened last March, where he was charged with two counts of assault, eluding law enforcement and DUI - his fourth DUI offense in 10 years. The majority of his sentence was suspended - part of the terms of his sentencing where he had to be on good behavior for 10 years.

Broughman will be in a Hanover court room on April 10 for his arraignment.


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