A Wichita woman who investigators say set fire to her own home Sunday morning faces animal cruelty and arson charges.
Firefighters and police were called to a house in the 2100 block of South St. Francis at around 10 a.m. for a reported fire and disturbance, Wichita fire Lt. Jose Ocadiz said. Fire crews waited for police to secure the scene before extinguishing the blaze.
The owner of the home, Gena Lanette Hanna, 50, was evacuated and later arrested on suspicion of arson and animal cruelty, Lt. Jose Ocadiz said. Investigators who talked with her neighbors said she intentionally set the fire to her own house.
There were several pet cats in the house at the time of the fire, Ocadiz said. None of them were injured.
He did not say what the disturbance was that prompted a police presence, but it is standard procedure for firefighters to wait until police have secured the scene when a disturbance is reported.
There was $40,000 in damage to the building and a loss of $5,000 in its contents, Ocadiz said.