Police: Woman set fire in apartment to drive out neighbor, child in Mount Union

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HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A disagreement between neighbors led to a 67-year-old Mount Union woman setting fire to their apartment building, according to state police.

Carol Burke told state police she was angry with her neighbor, so she used a lighter and paper to set fire to her mattress in her upstairs apartment Saturday at about 2:30 p.m., knowing her neighbor, who lived downstairs, was home with her 7-year-old child.

State police said witnesses at the scene of the fire, which required firefighters to extinguish, overheard Burke saying she set the fire because she got into a disagreement with her neighbor and that she wanted to force them to evacuate the building.

Burke is now charged with felony counts that include aggravated arson, arson and causing a catastrophe.

She remains in Huntingdon County jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

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