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West Virginia woman allegedly tried to kill her roommates by setting a fire after they asked her to move out

Source: WV State Fire Marshal, Unsplash

Jun. 15 2021, Published 8:53 a.m. ET

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Two women had to escape a blaze after the roommate tried to burn them alive when they asked her to move out, officials said.

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Bridget Avonelle Cozort, 30, was charged with one count of first-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder, according to the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office. 

Cozort had been staying at a Kopperston, West Virginia, residence with two other women, and she was told on May 21 to move out, according to fire officials.

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The next morning, Cozort allegedly set fire to the living room curtains before leaving the home. The two women were inside the home at the time.

One of the residents found the fire and called 911. Both of the victims escaped the home safely.

Firefighters contained the fire to the room it started in.

Cozart was arrested on May 28 on other charges. She has been held at the Southern Regional Jail since that arrest. But, now she faces the charges in connection to the arson.

Her bail was set at $100,0000.


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