An Archer City woman is facing charges of arson, burglary and two counts of possession of drugs after a costly structure fire Sunday afternoon.
Wichita Falls fire investigators said the vacant manufactured home in the 1000 block of Landon Lane and its contents were a total loss amounting to around $22,000 damage.
Flames and heat from the fire also caused about $2,500 damage to the home next door.
Wichita Falls Assistant Fire Marshal Jared Burchett said the fire took three hours to extinguish and investigators said the fire was suspicious and they believed it started in the kitchen.
Witnesses said a “heavy set” woman had been going in and out of the home before the fire.
While the fire was being fought, police responded to an incident on Duty Lane and arrived with a possible suspect.
A witness identified Lula Mae Carroll, 43, as the woman going into the home.
Police said Carroll said a woman told her she would be paid for cleaning the home, but a relative of the deceased owner said no one had been given permission to go in the home.
Authorities said there was black soot on Carroll’s shirt and they found a pill bottle with meth and a wallet on her, which they said Carroll said she had taken from the home.
Arson investigators said a front burner of the stove had been left on and there was a skillet on the burner and an empty pizza box on top of the other burners.