Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Spring Hill woman charged with setting neighbor's apartment on fire

SPRING HILL — A woman admitted Thursday that she set her neighbor's empty apartment on fire while he was in jail because she didn't want him to return, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Debra Louise Daines, 55, of Spring Hill was charged with arson and was being held Friday at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Daines told investigators that she started the blaze at 7882 Pinehurst Drive by setting aflame a sleeping bag that was on her neighbor's back porch. She said she used a lighted wick from a camping lantern, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Initially, Daines told deputies she knew nothing about the smoke billowing Tuesday from her neighbor's roof.

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