Deputies: Woman Burglarized Home, Shed Then Sparked Fire to Destroy Evidence


PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. – Eugene Pate says a fire last week could have been worse.

“God woke us up,” says Pate. “We were in bed sleeping. My wife woke up to a bam, bam.”

When Pate went to check on the booms, he saw his neighbor’s shed on fire.

The flames were shooting high into the air and melting the side of his neighbor’s home on Vaughn Road in Pulaski County.

“I told my wife to call 911 and I ran over there and knocked on the door and got those people up,” says Tate.

Nearly two months before and only minutes away a home on Forest Road burned to the ground (photo above).

“She’s known to the area,” says Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Cody Burk.

On Friday, Pulaski County deputies arrested Amanda Newton, 30, on two counts of arson, burglary and breaking and entering charges.

Lt. Burk says Newton burglarized the home and broke into the shed before setting both on fire.

“It looks like she was trying to cover up her traces of her being in the residence,” says Lt. Burk.

With deputies calling the case arson, Pate says he’s thinking twice about safety.

“I’m very concerned,” says Pate. “No, I didn’t think something like that would happen.”

The Sheriff’s Office says cases like this are very rare.

Lt. Burk says in most cases, the person will break in then leave, not set anything on fire.

If you know anything about the cases, you are asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

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