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July 10, 2013

Arson suspect: ‘didn’t mean to burn the house down’

By CHRISTIN COYNE

A woman accused of destroying her ex-boyfriend’s home in a fire on the Fourth of July reportedly told investigators that she unintentionally set the home on fire while burning another woman’s clothing. 

According to information released to the Democrat Tuesday, 26-year-old Amanda Nicole Clary, who is facing a second-degree felony arson charge, reportedly texted the 37-year-old homeowner, Jim Walsh, the night of the fire and stated that she had burned his new girlfriend’s clothes and that she was sorry.

The fire was already coming through the roof of the brick home located in the 2400 block of Bettis Drive south of Azle when firefighters arrived on scene after being dispatched around 9:45 p.m. 

The blaze gutted the home, causing a total loss of the property. 

Walsh said he was in Fort Worth at the time of the fire. 

Arson investigators determined the fire started on the back wooden deck in the back of the home. 

When Clary was interviewed at her home by the fire marshal’s office, she reportedly said that she moved out of Walsh’s home on Tuesday and returned Thursday to find another woman’s clothing on the bed. 

She said she soaked the clothing in an accelerant and set them on fire on the deck, according to Assistant Fire Marshal Frank Watson. She said she then put water on the fire and left. 

“Clary stated that she intentionally set fire to the clothing that didn’t belong to her on the wooden deck but didn’t mean to burn the house down,” Watson wrote. 

Clary, who was arrested hours after the fire, was released Friday morning from the Parker County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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