Woman jailed on arson charge following Celina fire



CELINA — A Mercer County woman was charged with aggravated arson and assault following a fire Thursday evening in Celina.

According to Chief Doug Wolters of the Celina Fire Department, firefighters and Celina police responded shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday to a residential fire at 513 E. Anthony St. Upon their arrival firefighters observed smoke coming from under the eaves of the home and quickly determined that all occupants of the dwelling were safe.

One resident of the home, Renee D. Lovelace, 43, was in an agitated stated and as officers tried to speak with her and calm her down she suddenly lashed out at one officer and slapped him, said Celina Police Chief Thomas Wale. Lovelace was booked into the Mercer County jail on felony charges. Further charges could be forthcoming pending review by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, officials said.

Lovelace’s bond was set at $75,000.


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