Sunday, Nov 23, 2014

Dunedin woman burned husband's bed, torched house, deputies say


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A Dunedin woman set fire to her husband's bed, sparking a blaze that spread quickly through their house, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's House.

Colleen Marie Huber, 47, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree arson. Bail was set at $50,000.

Huber is accused of setting fire to her house at 1965 Sourwood Blvd. on June 11, according to an arrest affidavit. She and her husband have separate bedrooms, but she was lying on his bed about 8:25 a.m. when she lit his comforter on fire with a Bic lighter, the affidavit says.

The fire ignited the wall behind her husband's bed and eventually made it to the roof, the affidavit says. An insurance company will determine if the house is salvageable.

Huber escaped into the backyard but was in such a state she had to be restrained and taken into custody under the state's Baker Act, a law allowing someone to be detained for a psychiatric evaluation. She admitted what she had done to a paramedic while she was in an ambulance, the affidavit says.

A Dunedin firefighter was burned while extinguishing the blaze.

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