NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 70-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a house fire in Newport News Thursday morning investigators say was intentionally set.
The Fire Marshal confirmed to WAVY that Josephine Taylor was taken into custody and transported to Riverside Hospital for a mental health evaluation. After the evaluation, she was charged with one count of arson of an occupied dwelling.
Newport News Assistant Fire Chief David Lewis said crews responded around 5:40 a.m. to a house fire on Wells Road. They arrived to find smoke coming from multiple sides of the home. Firefighters entered and found the source of the fire coming from a back bedroom.
There were people in the home, including Taylor, when the fire broke out, an official confirmed to WAVY. Some of the occupants were asleep at the time. No injuries were reported.
The fire was contained and extinguished, and marked under control at 6:04 a.m.
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