Woman sent for mental health treatment after WA house fire
Associated Press - June 15, 2008 3:05 PM ET
WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) - A 33-year-old woman has been sent to mental health treatment after the Yakima County Sheriff's Office says she accidentally burned down a house in White Swan, Wash.
Damage from Friday afternoon's house fire was estimated at $200,000.
A male resident and his 16-year-old daughter were home, but escaped without injury. The woman formerly lived at the house, but now lives in a nearby home. The fire apparently began after the woman attempted to burn some garbage.
Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Russell says the woman was an acquaintance of the current residents. He says she stayed at the scene, apologized and made no effort to flee after firefighters responded to the 1 p.m. blaze.
Russell says the woman has a history of mental illness. He says the homeowners agreed to defer charges if the woman successfully completes a mental health treatment program.