Woman arrested for setting house on fire

HELENA, AL (WBRC) - A woman has been arrested in connection with setting her house on fire.

Helena Deputy Police Chief Tim Carter, in a statement Thursday afternoon to FOX6 News, said Latrecia Durrough, 35, was charged with setting her house on Laurel Lakes Lane on fire.

Firefighters were called to the home on Sunday, August 8, at 9:38 p.m., and found the house on fire.  The home was unoccupied at the time and was completely destroyed.  Investigators later determined the fire had been intentionally started.

Carter said arrest warrants for Durrough, who is an independent insurance agent, were issued on Friday by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Bessemer Division.

"This fire was not just a property crime, it endangered the lives of the firefighters and police officers who responded to the call as well as the residents who live near that address," Carter said.

Durrough was being held on $45,000 bond.

In Thursday's statement, Carter also addressed community concerns about staffing in the Helena Fire Department. The fire department, just days before the fire, had discontinued the use of a number of part-time firefighters. Some people had complained saying the house could have been saved had those part-time firefighters been present. Carter said the house was fully involved before the fire was even reported.
"The number of firefighters nor the response time had any bearing on the outcome of this fire," Carter said.

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