The Associated Press
TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors have accused a 50-year-old woman of setting her boyfriend’s Tacoma home on fire on Sunday.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says Tracie Netz was charged with first-degree arson Tuesday. Bail was set at $150,000.
Lindquist says Netz and her live-in boyfriend had been fighting about their bar tab, and when he left the house, she sent him text messages threatening to burn it down.
KIRO-TV says the victim returned to find his home engulfed in flames. Fire investigators determined the fire was arson.
Court documents show Netz told police she had started a fire in the pellet stove and burning newspaper blew out and landed on the couch. Netz denied sending the victim threatening text messages and said the fire was accidental.
Netz was treated for smoke inhalation.