A Frankfort woman has been arrested after she allegedly set a house on fire with a pile of clothes and then told officers God told her to do it, according to police reports.

Penny Hellen Lineweaver, 35, was arrested Sunday. The Frankfort Police Department reported that the fire at about 1:40 p.m. at a Dabney Street house was caused by clothes in a chair being set ablaze with a personal lighter. Officers identified Lineweaver as having set the fire.

Lineweaver has been charged with second-degree arson, a Class B felony. She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the crime. She is being held without bond at the Franklin County Regional Jail, records stated.

Police allege that Lineweaver also set a shed on fire near the home.

Officers reported that the events began early Sunday when Lineweaver decided to start a fire in the home. She allegedly noticed that the house had various “mess” scattered throughout and would easily catch fire. Lineweaver then allegedly set a pile of clothes in a chair on fire with a lighter, police reported.

Neighbors saw a woman flee the house as the “windows (were) popping out” from the fire. The woman then went to a metal pole barn on the property and set that on fire also, officers reported.

The woman was later identified as Lineweaver. She allegedly admitted to starting the fires and told officers that God told her to do it, officers reported.


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