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Tacoma woman accused of starting fire with children in house over husband’s possible affair

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2012 at 5:23 am |
December 31, 2012 10:18 am

A 33-year-old woman who suspected her husband of having an affair started a fire in their house Sunday, forcing the couple’s children to hide in a closet and call for help, Tacoma police reported.

Department spokeswoman Loretta Cool said the woman was burning some of her husband’s items downstairs when the rug caught fire at their home in the 3800 block of East J Street. Her husband was not home at the time.

The fire was started on a rug on the second story of the house in the 3800 block of East J Street.

The woman’s 13-year-old daughter told her three younger sisters to hide in the closet because the smoke was thick. The girl called a relative for help and the relative called 911. Before fire crews arrived, however, the woman had extinguished the flames.

Police arrested the woman on suspicion of arson and domestic violence and called Child Protective Services, who placed the children with their father. One child was treated for smoke inhalation.

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