Court docs: Spokane woman who tried to burn down apartment thoug - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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

Posted: Updated:
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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mead High School teacher charged with sexual misconduct with a minor

    Mead High School teacher charged with sexual misconduct with a minor

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:21 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:21:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Mead High School teacher has been arrested and charged with having a sexual relationship with a student.  Last month, court records showed 37-year-old Mead High School teacher Wesley Perez was under investigation for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. 

    >>
  • Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    Deadliest Catch' star pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:32:34 GMT
    Sig HansenSig Hansen
    Sig HansenSig Hansen

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday. Under the plea deal, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed if Hansen complies with court conditions for a yea...

    >>

    SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old "Deadliest Catch" star pleaded guilty Wednesday. Under the plea deal, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed if Hansen complies with court conditions for a yea...

    >>
  • 46-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash on I-90 in Spokane Valley

    46-year-old motorcyclist killed in crash on I-90 in Spokane Valley

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:40:16 GMT
    Spokane man dead after rollover crash in OregonSpokane man dead after rollover crash in Oregon

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a 46-year-old Reardan man was killed Tuesday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on I-90. Troopers say Clinton Heindl was traveling west on the Sprague onramp when he struck the barrier, was thrown from his bike and into the westbound lanes of I-90.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says a 46-year-old Reardan man was killed Tuesday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on I-90. Troopers say Clinton Heindl was traveling west on the Sprague onramp when he struck the barrier, was thrown from his bike and into the westbound lanes of I-90.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Reversing the blindness: Spokane surgeon gives the gift of eyesight in Honduras

    Reversing the blindness: Spokane surgeon gives the gift of eyesight in Honduras

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:27 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:27:27 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One by one the patches are peeled away and the world comes back into focus. That’s been the experience for hundreds of Hondurans thanks to a Spokane surgeon whose mission is to restore eyesight in the small, Central American country. “It’s neat to see people that can see for the first time in years,” said Dr. Jon Haymore, an eye surgeon and MultiCare Rockwood. “It’s rewarding to us.” Haymore, his wife, and a team 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - One by one the patches are peeled away and the world comes back into focus. That’s been the experience for hundreds of Hondurans thanks to a Spokane surgeon whose mission is to restore eyesight in the small, Central American country. “It’s neat to see people that can see for the first time in years,” said Dr. Jon Haymore, an eye surgeon and MultiCare Rockwood. “It’s rewarding to us.” Haymore, his wife, and a team 

    >>
  • Domestic violence victim family spearheads movement to "end the silence"

    Domestic violence victim family spearheads movement to "end the silence"

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:24:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. -A family affected by domestic violence is working to end the silence. Tina Stewart was a mother of a two who police say was brutally beaten to death by her boyfriend, Nicholas Holden, the night before last Thanksgiving. Holden has since changed his plea to guilty to second-degree murder. Stewart’s family has worked tirelessly toward a solution to prevent this from happening to another family. Stewart’s uncle, Don Estes, says he hopes to see a registry of do...

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. -A family affected by domestic violence is working to end the silence. Tina Stewart was a mother of a two who police say was brutally beaten to death by her boyfriend, Nicholas Holden, the night before last Thanksgiving. Holden has since changed his plea to guilty to second-degree murder. Stewart’s family has worked tirelessly toward a solution to prevent this from happening to another family. Stewart’s uncle, Don Estes, says he hopes to see a registry of do...

    >>
  • Human remains found in wooded area of Tacoma

    Human remains found in wooded area of Tacoma

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:17:49 GMT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Human remains have been found in a wooded area below Stadium High School in Tacoma. The News Tribune reports the body's advanced state of decomposition made an immediate determination of gender, age and race impossible. Tacoma Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd says police received a call about the remains and had to use a ladder to reach the site which was heavily covered by blackberry vines. She says there was no obvious sign of the cause o...

    >>

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Human remains have been found in a wooded area below Stadium High School in Tacoma. The News Tribune reports the body's advanced state of decomposition made an immediate determination of gender, age and race impossible. Tacoma Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd says police received a call about the remains and had to use a ladder to reach the site which was heavily covered by blackberry vines. She says there was no obvious sign of the cause o...

    >>