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Sandy Springs woman ‘intentionally’ set her apartment on fire, police say

A Sandy Springs woman was arrested last week after police say she intentionally tried to set her apartment on fire.

Sylvia A. Washington, 54, faces a felony charge of first degree arson and remains in a Fulton County jail. She was indicted on the charge on Tuesday and will have a preliminary hearing on Sept. 4.

A bond has not been set for her.


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The incident happened on Aug. 17, according to a police report. Police responded to the scene of an apartment complex on the 1100 block of Monterey Parkway around 9 p.m.

Neighbors called 911 when they noticed smoke and flames, police said. There were no reported injuries.

A Sandy Springs police spokesman said he wasn’t sure how the fire was started, but the investigation showed it was intentional. Police did not say how much damage was done to the apartment.

Fulton County court records show that Washington was charged with second degree arson, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct for an Oct. 9 incident. Sandy Springs police said they weren’t aware of her previous criminal history. Jail records show she spent more than two months in a Fulton County jail for the crime.

Jail records also show Washington spent three days in jail in 2008 for theft.


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