Reading Woman Charged With Arson At High-Rise Apartment Building

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Reading, Pa.,  – Police have charged a 43-year-old woman with starting a fire in her residence in a high-rise apartment building earlier this week, investigators said Thursday.

Tayna Wright told told Lt. Jeremy Searfoss, an investigator with the city fire marshal’s office, that she started the fire Monday about 11 am. in her third-floor Kennedy Towers apartment by intentionally placing a plastic toy on the stove and burning it, police said.

Fire personnel told police who responded to the fire that Wright told them she started the fire because “God had told her to do it,” according to Criminal Investigator Michael P. Perkins.

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