Police Say Woman Admitted To Gasoline-Fueled House Fire
The Fort Smith woman accused Wednesday of lighting a local home on fire with gasoline admitted to responding officers that she set the fire, according to a probable cause affidavit from authorities.
Patricia McMullin was arrested on suspicion of reckless burning. She remained Thursday without bond in the Sebastian County Detention Center. The suspect’s arraignment is set for Jan. 6, according to a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy.
The reporting officer said McMullin poured gasoline on the house at 1413 May Ave. before lighting it on fire, causing $30,000 worth of damage. No one was injured in the incident, and several puppies were saved from the home, Fire Chief Tery Graves told 5NEWS.
Police said the man living at the home is being questioned in connection with an assault case.
When police arrived at the scene, a woman identified as Jocelyn Barber told officers McMullin set the home on fire. An officer located the suspect a few houses down, when McMullin allegedly told police “I did it, set the house on fire…with a gas can,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
McMullin was placed under arrest shortly after speaking with the officer.