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Elderly woman sets neighbor’s home on fire killing man and 5 dogs

By Mason White 4:11 PM June 28, 2017
Dianna Lynn Wills
Dianna Lynn Wills
By: Mason White

An elderly woman walked over to her neighbor’s home and set it on fire, killing a man and several animals, according to police New Jersey.

The Manchester Township Police Department investigated the structure fire at 3 Kingfisher Way, and arrested Dianna Lynn Wills, 66, of Martin Drive.

Wills was charged with 2nd degree aggravated arson and 2nd degree manslaughter for the structure fire. Wills was booked into the Ocean County Jail, pending a detention hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, on Friday, at approximately 9:35 p.m., a structure fire was reported at 3 Kingfisher Way, in Manchester Township.

The Manchester Fire and Police Departments responded to the location. Initial responding officers reported they observed the structure fully engulfed in flames, and the fire protruding from the roof.

The homeowner was able to safely exit the structure and ask for assistance. Unfortunately, the homeowner’s five dogs were trapped inside the residence and perished in the fire.

The fire ultimately consumed the majority of the structure, resulting in the Manchester Township Building Inspector deeming the dwelling uninhabitable.

The residence next to the structure fire, 160 Mockingbird Way, sustained heat damage and the homeowner, Steve Kundin, had to be transported from the fire scene to Community Medical Center for smoke inhalation, where he later died.

The fire origin was determined to be near the North side of the residence entrance stairs. The cause of the fire was deemed to be arson as investigators found flammable material at the scene.

Further investigation revealed that Wills was at the front door of 3 Kingfisher Way prior to the homeowner discovering the fire.

Kundin’ died from smoke inhalation, and the death was ruled a homicide.