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Taylorville Woman Arrested For Arson

A Taylorville woman has been charged with aggravated arson after police responded to a house fire on East Adams Street.  On May 10th, Taylorville Police along with Taylorville Fire received a call in regards to a house fire and had received a call about a disturbance at that same location.  When Taylorville police arrived, they observed thick black smoke coming from the residence. Police tried yelling to see if anyone was inside but didn’t hear anything, so they entered the house to check for citizens.  The smoke was too heavy, so Taylorville fire had to enter the house.  No one was inside and Taylorville Fire quickly put out the flames. 


After talking to witnesses, Taylorville Police learned that neighbors heard a disturbance and the homeowner walking away from the residence prior to the fire. TPD went searching for the homeowner and her children and after speaking to witnesses, learned her whereabouts. Police made contact with Brittney J. Hill who was interviewed and admitted to burning her house down.  She and the children were taken to the police station.  


The Fire Marshal was called in to assist with the investigation since it was ruled arson.  States Attorney Wes Poggenpohl was notified and Hill was charged with aggravated arson and transported to the Christian County Jail.  Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says this is the third arson already this year and two of the three arsons have been cleared by arrests. 

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