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  • Police: Bath woman set her own home on fire, then tried to ignite neighbor's

  • A Bath woman allegedly started a fire at her own home and then attempted to set fire to a neighbor’s home Friday morning, according to Bath-based New York State Police.
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  • A Bath woman allegedly started a fire at her own home and then attempted to set fire to a neighbor’s home Friday morning, according to Bath-based New York State Police.
    Authorities say Heidi L. Allen, 41, of 6671 Roosevelt Ave., started a fire Friday morning at her own residence, then proceeded next door to 6673 Roosevelt Ave., where she began damaging property.
    Allen allegedly destroyed items belonging to the neighbor and then told the homeowner to leave the residence because she was going to burn it down.
    At that point, police said, she broke a section of lattice from a flower garden and attempted to use it to start a fire on the neighbor’s porch.
    State police, who responded to the incident at approximately 11:10 a.m., said they were able to take Allen into custody before the porch ignited.
    The Bath Volunteer Fire Department, with the help of nearby residents, extinguished the fire at Allen’s home.
    She was charged with second-degree attempted arson, second-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.
    She was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail.
    Bath-based State Police were assisted at the scene by the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps.

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