Marriages go up in flames, but those emotional conflagrations rarely end in arson. Yet that’s what investigators say happened when one woman set fire to her house when it was awarded to her husband in a divorce. That fire quickly spread and consumed part of a neighborhood.
The 19 other houses that were burned will result in more than $1 million in damages for the Hiram, Georgia neighborhood.
“Adrienne Satterly, 41, started a blaze in a stack of mattresses early Sunday in her home in Hiram, then drove off with her two cats,” Fox writes.
Satterly’s house was destroyed. Three others were, as well. 16 homes in the neighborhood were damaged.
The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office has charged Satterly with arson. “Despite the massive property damage, only one minor injury was reported,” the Paulding Fire Department reported.
Satterly faces charges of public intoxication, 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, as three family pets died in the resulting fires.
In an odd twist, Satterly called 911 after she’d set the house on fire. The conversation with the dispatcher is included in the video below.
Yolanda Woodland was sleeping when the fire started at 3:25 a.m. Her home burned and her two dogs were killed in the fire.
“The house next door, the whole thing was already engulfed in flames, our living room and kitchen was already on fire,” Woodland said. “Within two minutes, the house was engulfed in flames. I mean it went really quick.”
Though the home had been awarded to her husband, Satterly was still living in it. He was not. Authorities believe Satterly burned the house to prevent him from getting it.