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Wichita Falls woman facing four arson charges

A Wichita Falls woman faces four charges of arson, including one which firefighters said destroyed a home on Westerly Place in 2015.

Leny Sue Hallmark's, 61, bonds were set at $25,000 on each count.    

Last month, a Wichita Falls fire marshal investigator said he called Hallmark and said he had the report complete on another fire and she asked him to bring it to her home.

He says he agreed, and when he arrived, he started a recording device his pocket and told Hallmark he was recording, and she signed a Miranda warning form stating she understood her rights.

The investigator said he questioned her about seven structure fire reports in the past in which her name was connected.  

At the time of the 2015 fire on Westerly Place, fire officials said Hallmark told them she thought it started in a window-mounted air conditioner while she was taking a nap.

However, during the recent interview, the investigator said she admitted she intentionally flicked cigarette ashes on a couch to start the fire.

Damage was estimated at $62,000.

The investigator said Hallmark admitted to starting four fires in homes in the last five years.


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