Jessamine Co. woman arrested for setting own house on fire

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — Jessamine County Sheriff’s Deputies say a woman admits she set her house on fire on purpose.

The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Crystal Dumpierres intentionally set the house on fire while her husband, Danny Gayhart, slept.

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“I woke up to the sound of glass breaking and flames coming in through the window,” says Danny Gayhard.

Deputies say the 911 call came in just before 10:30 p.m. When they got to the house on Pine Grove Circle they say it was engulfed in flames.

Investigators say the fire was started about five feet away from where Gayhart was sleeping.

Deputies say Dumpierres admitted at the scene she intentionally set the fire to hurt herself.

According to her arrest citation, she also told investigators she knew her husband was inside at the time which led them to charge her with arson.

The home is a total loss.

Deputies say no one was hurt but Gayhart says three dogs are missing.

“I tried finding them. I stood at the door hollering for them as long as I could but I had to go. I went back in once, but the smoke was too much,” says Gayhart.

How exactly the fire started is still under investigation.

Dumpierres is lodged at the Jessamine County Jail, charged with 1st degree arson. It is unclear if more charges are expected.

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