Georgia blaze in which 20 homes was started by a woman who lost her in a divorce, fire officials say



Big fire destroys four homes in Georgia

Raw video: Intense blaze destroys four homes, damage to many others in Paulding County.

A woman living alone in a house awarded to her husband in a divorce, started a fire in the living room, which quickly spread to 19 other houses, resulting in more than $1 million in damages, according to reports on Tuesday.

The woman, whom officials referred to as Adrienne Satterly, 41, started the fire in a pile of mattresses early Sunday at her home in Hiram, then drove with her two cats, WSB-TV reported.

Her house and three others in the subdivision were destroyed and 16 others suffered damage, fire officials said.

Fire officials said Adrienne Satterly, 41, started a fire in a home in Hiram, Ga., that she had lost in a divorce settlement. She is charged with arson.

(Paulding County Sheriff’s Office)

“Despite the huge material damage, only a minor injury was reported,” the Paulding Fire department said.

Satterly is charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Two dogs and a cat perished in the fire, fire officials said.

Jailhouse records show she was also charged with public drunkenness.

Yolanda Forests that are the property of the dogs that are killed when the flames spread to her house. She was sleeping when the fire started about 3:25 pm

Despite the enormous material damage, only a minor injury was reported in the Sunday of the huge fire in Hiram, Ga., the involvement of 20 houses.

(Paulding Fire Department)

She told Fox 5 and they Auzalea Godfrey, her daughter, lost everything.

“The house next door, the whole thing was already engulfed in flames, our living room and kitchen was already on fire,” she said. “Within two minutes the house was engulfed in flames. I mean, it went really quickly.”

Godfrey said they were barely able to get out and knock on neighbor doors down from the fast-moving flames.

A fire Sunday in Hiram, Ga., destroyed four houses and damaged 16 others, fire officials said.

(Red Cross)

Georgia Insurance Department spokesman Glenn Allen told the West Georgia Neighbor, a local newspaper, Satterly, the husband was awarded the house in a divorce settlement. She lived in the house, and her husband lived somewhere else.

“She was scheduled to leave the house,” Allen told the newspaper.



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