Woman jailed for setting fire to her own home

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A woman has been jailed for 18 months after setting fire to her own home in Milton Keynes.

Trudy Musgrave, aged 41, from Ramsons Avenue, Conniburrow, pleaded guilty to one count of arson recklessly endangering life at Aylesbury Crown Court yesterday (12/12).

At 3.30pm on Saturday 24 September, police were called by Bucks Fire and Rescue Service to a fire at 124 Ramsons Avenue, saying they had a report that people were trapped in the property.

Police officers, the fire service, and paramedics attended and the fire was extinguished. Musgrave was found sat on the balcony of the house, which is owned by Milton Keynes Council. Paramedics treated her at the scene and reported she was very drunk.

A report from the fire service showed the fire had been started deliberately from a naked flame being applied to a chair in the lounge on the first floor of the three-floor property.

Musgrave was subsequently arrested at 4pm from the address, as during the course of the incident she had made admissions to firefighters, paramedics, and a police officer that she had deliberately started the fire.

Musgrave was charged on Sunday 25 September and remanded in custody before her court apperance yesterday.

Det Con Wendy Fellowes, investigating officer, said: “Musgrave deliberately set fire to her house without any regard for the safety of herself or her neighbours. Once she had started the fire, she went out onto her balcony and made no attempt to alert the emergency services.

“Extensive smoke damage was caused throughout the property and it was pure chance that no-one was injured in the fire. I would like to thank Bucks Fire and Rescue Service, whose evidence at court helped us secure this conviction.

“I am pleased with the custodial sentence handed out to Musgrave and believe this reflects the seriousness of the offence.”