Hinton Man Arrested For Setting Six Train Cars On Fire


HINTON, WV (WOAY) – A Summer’s County man is arrested after setting six train cars on fire. He told officers he did it because “I’m opening the gates to heaven”.

Police found George Ruff, 29, of Hinton, sitting on a rock, covered in soot, beside railroad tracks where an additional fire was taking place on CSX property.

Officers asked Ruff what he was doing and why he set the fire and he said “I’m opening the gates to heaven”

Railroad ties underneath the fires were also charred and damaged.

Ruff is in the Southern Regional Jail and charged with 3rd degree arson, trespassing, and destruction of railroad property.

Tyler Barker

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