Firefighters’ injuries increase charges

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — There are new charges against a woman police say set her garage on fire after being served with divorce papers. It happened Thursday night, on Eric Drive.

34-year old Christina Harris was arrested on charges of aggravated arson. Monday, the state’s attorney said she’s also charged with residential arson.

Two firefighters were hurt putting the fire out. They’re both okay. An Arthur firefighter was treated for a cut finger on the scene. A volunteer firefighter from the Arcola Fire Protection District was hurt worse, but he was released from the hospital Friday.

The injuries sustained by firefighters has a lot to do with why Harris is charged with aggravated arson.

When police arrived, the garage and a nearby trailer were on fire. They say Harris was standing nearby with a propane torch and lighter. She told officers she did it because her husband served her with divorce papers earlier that night.

At least four different departments responded to the scene. Harris was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Her bail hearing is set for Tuesday morning. If Harris is convicted, she faces 6 – 30 years or a fine up to $25,000 for aggravated arson and 4 – 15 years or a fine up to $25,000 for residential arson. 

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