LAND O’LAKES — A woman who is separating from her husband painted graffiti throughout their house Saturday morning then set fire to it in three places, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Brandy Currigan, 40, had been moving items out of the house at 23547 Turtle Lakes Road when firefighters and deputies responding to a fire call found her there, the Sheriff’s Office said.
News of the fire first was released Saturday morning as an animal rescue by Pasco County Fire Rescue. Firefighters rescued eight dogs from the scene, evaluated them and placed them in cages and with neighbors to keep them safe.
Currigan, described as a former resident of the house, was arrested at the scene and charged with arson. She also was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia.
Her husband, who works in private security, is in Iraq, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The house was fully engulfed in flames at 7:50 a.m. when authorities arrived at the house, near County Line and Livingston roads. Firefighters spent about 30 minutes bringing the fire under control.
An investigation revealed that Currigan had destroyed the interior and exterior by hand-painting graffiti on the walls and dumping paint throughout the house, the Sheriff’s Office said.
She set fire at three separate locations inside, the Sheriff’s Office said.