MFD: Woman admits to starting house fire with Molotov cocktails

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery woman has been charged with arson after officials say she admitted to starting a house fire with Molotov cocktails.

Josephine Denise Smith is charged with one count of arson first degree.

According to Capt. Wood with the Montgomery Fire Rescue's Investigative Division, on Wednesday around 8 a.m. firefighters were called to the 3500 block of Dundale Road for a house fire. When they arrived, they found smoke and flames on the exterior of the home. The fire was then extinguished before further damage could be done to the home.

Wood says the bureau of investigations was called to determine the cause of the fire, which was reported to be incendiary in nature. The investigation also determined Smith as a possible suspect. Smith was then taken to department headquarters for questioning.

During questioning, Smith told investigators that she had recently been released from a medical facility and wanted to see her child. Smith stated that her sister, who has custody of her child, had not been allowing her to visit.

Smith then told investigators that this angered her, so she traveled to a gas station on Perry Hill Road, purchased two beer bottles and filled them with gasoline. Smith then says she took the bottles, which had been stuffed with shirts, lit them on fire and threw them at the side of her sister's home.

Wood says witness' statements were taken that acknowledged that Smith had been seen throwing the bottles at the side of the home.

Because of the witness statements and Smith's confession to making the Molotov cocktails and throwing them at the home while it was occupied, she was charged.

Smith was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $60,000 bond.

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