Woman Arrested in Athens Homeless Camp Fire

10:11 AM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say an arrest has been made in an arson that ravaged a homeless encampment beneath a bridge in downtown Athens.

The Athens Banner Herald reports police charged 43-year-old Carole Childers-Queen with two counts of arson and criminal damage to a business.

Police say the Tuesday night blaze destroyed mattresses, clothes and other belongings of a group of homeless people who camped out beneath the North Avenue bridge. Authorities say the fire also caused a gas line to leak and damaged the bridge.

Police say the woman - a camp resident - ignited a boot to start the fire after an argument with a man who also lived at the camp.

It was unclear Wednesday night if she had a lawyer.

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