A Georgia woman has been charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson after she set her home on fire when she lost it in a divorce, damaging 20 other homes in the process.
According to the state insurance and safety fire commissioner’s office, 41-year-old Adrienne Satterly left her Rosemont Court house with her two cats but not before she set a pile of mattresses on fire in the kitchen.
The blaze destroyed four homes, two sustained significant damage and 14 other homes suffered varying degrees of heat and smoke damage.
She then walked to a Walmart an hour away on Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway before calling 911 at about 3.25am on Sunday, office spokesman Glenn Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 911 audio obtained on Tuesday by The Constitution, Satterly never mentioned a fire. She told a dispatcher she had a ‘kitty cat and a suitcase’ and asked if someone could pick her up from Walmart.
‘Where do you need them to go?’ the dispatcher asked.
‘To Greystone,’ Satterly said. ‘By the hospital.’
She gave her address to the Rosemont Court home but told the dispatcher that she had been ordered to leave the residence due to a case.
The Constitution says it is unclear from the audio if authorities ever picked Satterly up and took her home.
By the time firefighters arrived in the neighborhood of Hiram, the blaze had spread from Satterly’s home to 19 others.
Deputy Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jay Florence told Dallas Patch that because it was windy on Sunday, it contributed to how quickly the blaze spread.
The damage is estimated to surpass $1million, officials said.
Everyone got out of their homes safely, but one man suffered a minor ankle injury, authorities said.
A cat and two dogs from two neighboring homes died, however.
‘I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced, but my dogs is my — that breaks my heart,’ neighbor Auzalea Godfrey said.
Satterly has been charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
She remained jailed on Tuesday in Paulding County, where she is being held without bond.
First-degree arson is a felony with a penalty of one to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.