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Woman Says Boyfriend Stole $1K; Sets House on Fire

Woman Charged with Arson

Police arrested a woman accused of setting a row home on fire in West Philadelphia. (Published Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016)

A 26-year-old woman has been charged with arson after she allegedly set her boyfriend's home on fire in West Philadelphia Saturday morning, burning two neighboring homes in the process.

Police say the woman went into her child's father's home on the 4900 block of W. Girard Avenue,  poured kerosene on the floor and then lit it on fire. Neither the man nor their child were inside the three-story row home at the time.

Two adjacent houses also caught fire.


The woman suffered burns to her hands during the incident, according to investigators. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to investigators, the woman told police she lit the home on fire because her child's father had allegedly stolen $1,000 from her.

A witness told NBC10 she spotted the woman leaving the scene of the fire. According to the witness, the woman said, "I set the house on fire because my boyfriend robbed me."

She was taken into custody and charged with arson, reckless endangerment of another person and risking a catastrophe.