HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A 44-year-old Myrtle Beach woman has been charged with second-degree arson after an early morning fire damaged a residential complex in Horry County, according to police records obtained by News13.
Christina Lynn Leonard told Horry County police that she used a “torch style lighter” to set a mattress on fire at Pace Village in the 200 block of Whitty Drive, according to an arrest warrant. A lighter was recovered from the room.
Horry County Fire Rescue was dispatched at 4:56 a.m. Monday and the fire was contained to a bedroom. Multiple units were evacuated, but no injuries were reported, authorities said.
Leonard was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. She remained in jail as of about 5 p.m. Monday, according to online jail records.
The Myrtle Beach and Conway fire departments assisted at the fire scene.
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