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Court docs: Spokane woman who tried to burn down apartment thought her mail was being stolen

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane woman was arrested for arson Monday after police and firefighters responded to a call of a fire at an apartment at Bernard and Sprague in downtown Spokane. Witnesses say she was seen in her room sitting next to a burning pile of clothes and doing nothing to put the flames out. She told one witness she was going to "burn this whole place down," according to court documents.

The documents say the woman, 58-year-old Cynthia Marlin, complained to management for several days before the fire was set, accusing the apartment manager of stealing money and mail from her. According to the documents Marlin told the apartment manager, "I'm going to gut you and I'm going to set this place on fire."

On Monday, two neighbors reported smelling and seeing smoke coming from Marlin's room. When they looked into her apartment through her open door, both reported seeing a pile of clothing on fire, with two-foot flames coming from the clothing. The witnesses both report her laughing and running away on foot.

The two men then worked together to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher to keep them from spreading and creating a larger fire at the apartment complex. Firefighters and police reported seeing burned clothes in a mop bucket upon their arrival.

When police arrived on scene, the documents say, they saw the bucket with clothing still smoking in a hallway after it was removed from the room by firefighters.

Marlin was eventually taken into custody outside the House of Charity shelter in Spokane. She was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of first degree arson.

Court records show her bond set at $5,000.

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