A local woman was in court this morning, accused of allegedly setting her home on fire while her son slept.
Catherine Irene Bolin, 42, of 21 Hillcrest Circle, Marysville, was arraigned this morning in Marysville Municipal Court, charged with one count of aggravated arson. Bolin requested an attorney. Bond was set at $250,000.
According to court documents, shortly after 8 a.m., Monday, police and fire officials were called to the Hillcrest Circle home on a report that the mobile home was on fire.
The fire was extinguished and Bolin was taken to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Bolin told investigators she was sleeping on the couch in the living room when she woke to the smell of smoke. She said she woke her son and fled the home.
Bolin said she believed the fire was the result of an overloaded circuit in the master bedroom where she had her television.
Investigators learned Bolin had been given an eviction notice and was to be out of the home on Monday.
They interviewed the woman’s adult son who said he was sleeping in the home. He told investigator, “that he woke to his mother, Catherine Irene Bolin, yelling that the house was on fire.”
The son said he smelled gasoline when he arrived home about 1:30 a.m., but went to bed.
He said that as he was evacuating the mobile home, he saw the fire at the door to the master bedroom, making its way to the living room. He added that even as he was leaving the home, he smelled gasoline.
An investigator with the Marysville Division of Fire asked for additional help when he learned the family was scheduled to be forced from the home.
Investigators determined the fire began at the doorway to the master bedroom and at a second point across the hall from the bedroom.
According to court documents, when Bolin was told the fire was not electrical, she “started to cry and confessed to starting the fire.”
“Ms. Bolin admitted to using a garden sprayer filled with gasoline to spray gasoline in the back of the house and lighting the fire with a match,” according to court documents. “Ms. Bolin admitted that she wanted to kill herself in the fire, but after the fire was lit, she realized that (her son) was asleep in his room.”
She told investigators where to find the sprayer, which still had gas in it, and the matches.
“Ms. Bolin also admitted that she stole the rent money that her live in boyfriend…and owner of the home gave her to pay the rent for the lot of the home,” according to court documents.
If convicted, Bolin could face as many as 10 years in prison. She is set for a preliminary hearing in Marysville Municipal Court at 8 a.m., Aug. 24.
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