Georgia Woman Arrested For Murder After Setting Apartment Fire That Killed Her Teenager Neighbor, Officials Say

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Source: Walker County Jail; UNSPLASH

Aug. 17 2022, Published 11:03 a.m. ET

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A woman was arrested for murder in connection with a deadly fire she allegedly set in her apartment that spread to other units, according to officials in Georgia.

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Sheenia Marie Chambers, 29, was arrested for first-degree arson and murder in connection with the blaze at the Carriage Hill Apartments in Lafayette.

According to Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King, a fire broke out at the 10-unit apartment complex and caused heavy damage shortly after 11 p.m. on Aug. 13.

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Investigators were able to determine the fire originated in the suspect’s bedroom, according to the commissioner.

“Upon questioning, Ms. Chambers admitted to intentionally setting the fire that killed the 19-year-old victim [Sierra Johnson] in an adjacent unit,” King said.

Investigators did not say why she started the alleged fire.


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