Woman claims 'chemical warfare' for setting SLC building on fire

Sears building Salt Lake City fire.jpg
Posted at 11:02 AM, Nov 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-09 13:02:23-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a woman who they say set fire to a Salt Lake City building Monday night.

Sears building fire

Mary Lacey, 43, told police that "chemical warfare" was her reason for using a lighter to set fire to the former Sears building on State Street between 700 and 800 South. According to the probable cause affidavit, Lacey has a history of arson.

Sears building fire

The Salt Lake City Police Department said they were responding to an unrelated call around 11:30 p.m. when a witness saw the building on fire and called it in. When an officer arrived, he saw Lacey "just looking at the fire," the affidavit reads.

Damages to the building are estimated to be $5,000, while Lacey was arrested on an arson charge.