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Elgin woman suspected of setting fire to home

Updated: December 1, 2012 4:45PM

ELGIN — An Elgin woman was being held for observation Tuesday in Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin after she threatened to kill herself and then apparently set fire to her mobile home with herself inside it, authorities said.

Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said the incident began about 11 a.m. Monday when officers were called to settle an argument between the woman, who lives in the 800 block of Jan Marie Lane, and a man who had been living there, too, but was in the process of moving out.

About four hours later, Theriault said, the woman called 911 and told an emergency dispatch operator she planned to kill herself and burn up her mobile home.

When police and firefighters arrived about 3 p.m., they said, they found smoke coming from the home. When no one responded to knocks on the door, they broke it open and pulled out the woman, police said.

Theriault said firefighters then put out the blaze in about 10 minutes. Damage was estimated at about $5,000.

Police said they believe her injuries from the fire were minor.

Police officials did not release the woman’s identity and said that as of Tuesday afternoon, no criminal charges had been lodged against her.

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