UPDATE: Woman charged with arson after allegedly lighting home on fire, doing cartwheels while it burned

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE: Monday, September 14, 2020, 11:55 a.m.

Wichita Falls Police said a woman who set her home on fire Saturday night was outside doing cartwheels while it burned.

The trailer home is considered a total loss.

Elizabeth Aleman, 36, was booked into the Wichita County Jail and charged with arson.

The fire was reported around 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 in the 1800 block of Perigo Street.

Police were called after firefighters reported a woman had set the home on fire, and when they arrived at the scene, they said Aleman was outside doing cartwheels.

According to police, Aleman said she had poured a bottle of rubbing alcohol all over the couch and lit it on fire, then ran outside to do cartwheels.

Authorities said Aleman told them she did it because she is not herself anymore and can no longer function in society.

Aleman has a long history with the Wichita County Jail, with 15 arrests since 2001.

In one arrest, police said they were trying to take her into custody during a disturbance when she began cursing and kicking and spit into an officers face.

Police said there was a medical caution on Aleman.


UPDATE: Sept. 13

The identity of the woman who police said started a fire in a mobile home on Saturday has been identified.

Elizabeth Aleman was booked into the Wichita County Jail Saturday night and charged with arson.

Aleman has a long history with the Wichita County Jail with 15 arrests dating back to 2001.

A bond has not been set.


One woman is jailed and charged with arson after starting a fire in a mobile home Saturday night that caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Wichita Falls Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Edward Mawson stated firefighters responded to a call in the 1800 block of Perigo Street about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Once officials responded, Mawson stated they thought a person was inside the mobile home, but when firefighter searched the structure, no one was inside.

The fire caused $12,000 in damage, and Mawson stated they considered the mobile home a total loss.

Officials did not release the name of the woman arrested at this time.

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