Sonora woman charged with arson

CREECH

A Sonora woman is being charged with arson following a structure fire that occurred in Radcliff Sunday morning. Radcliff police arrested Briana Creech, 33, Sunday afternoon.

According to a citation from Radcliff police, when personnel with the Radcliff Fire Department arrived Sunday morning on the scene of a residential structure fire involving a trailer on South Street in Radcliff, the inside of the trailer had been completely consumed in flames. On the scene, personnel with RFD found a plastic container which contained a fire accelerant.

As officers spoke with witnesses in the area, they learned a white female with red hair and a blue button-down shirt and black pants was seen pouring something on a rag, placing the rag near the trailer’s window air conditioning unit and lighting the rag on fire.

Witnesses also claimed they saw the suspect drop the container of accelerant on the ground and walk away as the structure went up in flames, according to the citation.

When reviewing surveillance from a nearby home, police observed the subject walking around the trailer with the container. Smoke could be seen emitting from the building shortly afterward in the footage, according the citation.

When being interviewed, Creech told police she was in the area during the time the fire was started but denied causing the fire. She claimed she had just gotten off work and was in the area to pick someone up, the citation states.

The outfit described by witnesses matches the uniform worn by workers at Creech’s place of employment, according to the citation.

Creech is being charged with second and third-degree arson. Second-degree arson is a Class B felony, punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison, if convicted, while third-degree arson is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.

Creech currently is lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center. She is scheduled to appear before Hardin District Court this morning.

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