A Bluefield man was cited in Beckley for not licensing his fire extinguisher service business, and was taken into custody Thursday on a felony fugitive from justice warrant, Beckley police said.

Earlier Thursday, he pleaded guilty to illegally servicing fire extinguishers, fire officials noted.

Larry Hurst, 56, of Bluefield was taken into custody on a felony fugitive from justice warrant from Virginia, Detective Cpl. Frank Priddy said. The felony warrant was for a type of fraudulent check charge, and there were also misdemeanor warrants on file.

Hurst was taken to Southern Regional Jail to await an extradition hearing, Priddy said.

Hurst was also cited for operating a business without a city license, Priddy said. He was ordered to appear June 12 in Beckley Municipal Court.

Hurst is the owner of Seminole Fire Suppression, which is based in Bluefield but does business in Beckley, Priddy said. The business checks and fills fire extinguishers at commercial properties. Hurst told police he had been in business for 18 years and had done business in Beckley seven or eight years.

He also told police he had no business license for Bluefield or Princeton, saying it slipped his mind, Priddy said.

Earlier Thursday, Hurst pleaded guilty in municipal court to illegally servicing fire extinguishers, said Capt. Kevin Price of the Beckley Fire Department. He was ordered to refund affected customers their money.

Price said Hurst charged people for yearly fire extinguisher servicing, but did not do proper testing procedures. Hurst simply changed the inspection tags.

Testing fire extinguishers is important, Price said, because they can malfunction without proper maintenance.

“If you don’t service your car, it will break down,” he said. “A car is a machine just like a fire extinguisher is a machine.”

Price urged those who did business with Hurst to contact the fire department at 256-1780.

— E-mail: apridemore@register-herald.com


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