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A car set on fire in Helen on July 3 was later found to be stolen in Virginia, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

The fire started in the interior of the 2004 Nissan Sentra owned by Wilmer Ramirez and caused $2,500 in damage, according to Melissa Bean, deputy fire marshal.

“It was in a field” along an unnamed farm road in Helen, Bean said.

The fire could be seen from Chaptico Road, and was reported around 11 p.m. Wednesday to police by a neighbor, she said.

Bean said that the car had not yet been reported stolen when the fire was discovered. It was later reported stolen in Virginia, she said, and the fire is still under investigation.

Volunteers from the Mechanicsville fire house responded to the blaze and took 10 minutes to bring it under control, according to a release from the fire marshal’s office.

The fire marshal’s office is asking that witnesses or anyone with information call 443-550-6834.

jyeatman@somdnews.com