NEW INFO: Pitt County Woman Accused Of Setting Fire To Her Home

A Pitt County woman has been arrested for setting fire to her home on Monday.

Barbara Garris of Fountain is charged with second degree arson and driving while impaired.

The 50-year-old woman was arrested yesterday after her home on North Stamper Street caught fire in what officials said was a suspicious fire. Neighbors tell us woman rents the home, which received extensive damage.

Fountain Assistant Fire Chief Jason Owens says the fire started in the back outside corner of the home near some debris. He says one of his firefighters saw the woman speeding away in her truck when they arrived on scene. Owens says Garris had been living in the home since Thanksgiving without any electricity or water turned on.

Police Chief Bobby Dildy says they spotted the woman driving on Stamper Street and chased her for a short while before she pulled over. Garris has been charged with second degree arson, DWI, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and driving while license revoked.

Her bond was set at $27,500.

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