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14-year-old girl sets her home on fire during fight with her stepmother

By Mason White 3:28 PM March 29, 2016
House fire (illustration) 

By: Tanya Malhotra
Police arrested a 14-year-old girl after she took revenge against her stepmother by burning down her home.

Police in Roswell, New Mexico, said that the 14-year-old girl is accused of deliberately burning her house.

The teenager was booked into the Juvenile Chaves County Detention Center on suspicion of arson.

Police believe that the fire started on Wednesday just before 2:00 p.m., after the girl got into an argument with her stepmother.

The woman and the teenager were arguing over the fact that the girl skipped school. When the stepmother and her two children went outside the home, a fire broke out.

Fire investigators discovered a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid in the backyard and they believe it was the accelerant the girl used to start the fire.

A male at the scene was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. It took firefighters about half an hour to put out the flames. The home was totally destroyed.

Police said that the girl was seen running from the house after it was set on fire.