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Deputies: Intoxicated woman sets neighbor’s house on fire

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A Spring Hill woman is accused of setting her neighbor's home on fire in a drunken frenzy, and she told deputies she did it because she no longer wanted to live next to him.

The sheriff's office in Hernando County said it happened Tuesday at 7882 Pinehurst Drive.

The woman, Debra Daines, 55, admitted to burning down the home because she said her neighbor was getting out of jail soon, and she didn't want him to live next door anymore.

A deputy had interviewed Daines right after the fire, and she initially said she helped in trying to put it out.

But investigators kept digging.

The deputy said she smelled of alcohol and was slurring her speech, and the landlord said she never helped in extinguishing the blaze.  

According to deputies, she later admitted to lighting a sleeping bag on the back porch with a lantern, which then spread into the home.  

No one was inside at the time.

Daines was arrested and charged with arson to an occupied dwelling. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Neighbors said they were surprised at the news.

"He was a pretty cool guy.  He was nice to everybody.  I know that my mom has talked with him a few times and I didn't have a problem with him," said Alex Pulaski.

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