PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Georgia fire investigators said 41-year-old Adrienne Satterly, of Hiram, set her home on fire before the flames spread to 19 other houses early Sunday morning, WSB-TV reported.
According to Paulding County authorities, Satterly had recently lost the house in a divorce, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.
Fire officials said she was in the process of leaving the home when she set fire to a pile of mattresses in the dining room.
Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Satterly left the house with her two cats and walked to a Walmart before calling 911 around 3:25 a.m.
When firefighters arrived in the neighborhood, the fire had spread to 19 other homes. Four homes were destroyed by the fire and 16 others had damage. Officials said the estimated damage is likely to be more than $1 million.
"I heard a big boom," neighbor Shemiah Hedgebath told WSB-TV. "I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, what is this big boom, what is this big boom?' When I came out, this whole side was just up in flames."
"I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced," neighbor Auzalea Godfrey told WSB. "That breaks my heart."
Satterly is being held without bond in the Paulding County Jail, WSB reported. She faces 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
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