Woman suspected of torching home in La Habra

LA HABRA – A woman was jailed Friday after she allegedly burned and destroyed a La Habra house, authorities said.
Lynne Barton, a 54-year-old La Habra woman, was booked on suspicion of arson, La Habra police Lt. Jerry Price said.
The blaze was first reported about 12:15 p.m. at a house at 509 South Fonda Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores said.
The fire initially “fully engulfed” the home, Price said.
Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes, Flores added.
The house, which was largely vacant except for some simple bedding in one bedroom, was completely destroyed by the fire, officials said.
Arson investigators continued working well into the evening searching for the cause of the blaze.
No one besides Barton was believed to be at the home when the fire started, Price said. She herself suffered minor burns in the incident but refused hospitalization.
She was at a neighbor’s home when rescuers arrived, officials said.
A motive in the alleged arson was unclear Friday afternoon, Price said, as well as whether the woman lived at the home.

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