Atwood woman accused of setting house on fire faces two felonies

Atwood woman accused of setting house on fire faces two felonies

TUSCOLA — An Atwood woman accused of setting fire to her own home last week has been charged with two felonies in Douglas County.

Christina Harris, 34, was charged Monday with one count of felony aggravated arson and one count of felony residential arson. Douglas County State's Attorney Kate Watson said the penalty upon conviction for the former is six to 30 years in prison, and four to 15 years for the latter, which is non-probationable.

Harris, who is being represented by attorney Tom Bruno, is being held at the Douglas County Jail. A bail hearing was set for Tuesday.

According to a police report, about 7 p.m. Thursday, Harris was found with a lighter and propane torch in the yard of the home she shares with her husband in the 200 block of Eric Drive while it was burning. Nobody else was at home at the time.

The house, owned by Scott and Mary Ellis Harris, was substantially damaged before firefighters from Atwood, Arthur, Hammond and Arcola put out the fire. The blaze engulfed the house, garage and a nearby travel trailer.

Atwood Police Chief Rob Bross said Harris admitted to police Thursday that she set the fire because she had been served with divorce papers earlier in the day.

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