Woman charged with arson after allegedly setting house on fire amid bad break-up

Posted at 3:13 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 17:17:16-04

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A woman faces a felony arson charge after she allegedly told police she set a house on fire after an argument with her boyfriend as the couple was breaking up.

The charge stems from a fire on October 12 in the area of 4000 South and 300 East in Salt Lake County, where firefighters responded to a home fully engulfed in flames.

According to charging documents, a resident at the home told police he saw his house on fire, and when he told his roommate, 36-year-old Diamond Sullivan, about the fire she allegedly replied: “I know. I started it.” and walked away.

Sullivan’s boyfriend told police that the pair had recently rented a room in the home, but were in the process of breaking up. He said the couple were arguing and he left the house, and when he returned he found the home on fire.

Police questioned Sullivan, who allegedly told police she was upset and intentionally poured butane all over a pile of clothes and lit it on fire, knowing there were still four people inside the residence at the time.

Sullivan faces one count of aggravated arson, which is a first-degree felony.