‘Angry Ex-Wife Burns Down Her Home After Losing It In Divorce Battle’
A woman who lost her house in a divorce allegedly set it on fire and sparked an inferno that spread to 19 neighbouring homes – killing a cat and two dogs.
Adrienne Satterly, 41, is accused of piling mattresses on the kitchen floor and lighting them on fire before leaving her former marital home for the last time.
As the flames spread while her neighbours slept, she left with her two cats and walked to a Walmart before calling 911, say fire officials in the US city of Hiram, Georgia.
Godfrey, a neighbor in the Greystone Subdivision, said she could not believe it.
“This is a person who I saw and said ‘Good morning’ to and ‘How you doing?’” Godfrey said. “When she was going through hard times, I fed her and I even prayed with her.”
Paulding County Fire officials told WSBTV News that Adrienne Satterly, 41, of Hiram, was going through a divorce. They said she lost the home to her ex, and she decided to torch it, using items available to her around 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning.
“She stacked a pile of mattresses in the kitchen area of her home on Rosemont Court,” said Paulding County Deputy Fire Commissioner Jay Florence. “We believe she lit them on fire. She put not only herself but her neighbors and first responders in jeopardy.”
Satterly left the house with her two cats, walked to Walmart and called 911, fire officials said.
Firefighters say the fire destroyed four homes and damaged 16 other homes that suffered varying degrees of heat and smoke damage..
Neighbors told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi about how they ran out of their homes with almost nothing but their lives.
“I lost my two dogs, which is the hardest thing because material things can be replaced. But my dogs are my … that breaks my heart,” Godfrey said.
Neighbors said they got no warning and woke up in a panic to the flames and smoke.
Satterly is now in the Paulding County Jail, where she is being held without bond.
She now faces 14 counts of first-degree arson and three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
She also faces one count of public drunkenness.