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Lakewood woman charged with arson for allegedly starting fire at apartment complex

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 9, 2013 at 7:56 am |
July 9, 2013 7:56 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old Lakewood woman with first-degree arson for allegedly setting an apartment building on fire Saturday, where the woman claimed the “four corners of hell” were located.

She pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment and was ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

A resident of the complex saw the woman squirt lighter fluid on a burning fence, causing flames to spread to a tree and then a unit used as storage. She then lit other branches on fire with a lighter.

The blaze did not spread to any units but came within “a couple of car lengths” of the homes, according to court records.

When police asked her if she started the fire, the woman allegedly smiled.

“The defendant indicated that her neighbors in the apartment complex were demons and that she set the fire to show up the demons,” charging papers state. “She indicated that the storage unit was where the four corners of hell was.”

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