(Franklin) — After a joint investigation by the Heard County Fire Department and the Heard County Sheriff’s Office, a local woman was arrested earlier this week by the Heard County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of Arson relating to a fire that burned her own home to a total loss in December.
53-year-old Janice Lynn Foster is charged with one count of arson in the first degree for the structure fire and one count of arson in the third degree relating to the destruction of her roommate’s property without her consent.
According to Sergeant Dan Boswell with the Sheriff’s Office, Foster lived in the home with one roommate, Heather Crane, and both were employed by Wal-Mart.
Boswell stated that Foster met Heard County Fire and EMS at the scene that day and was transported to Tanner Medical Center for reasons unrelated to the fire. “Based on reports, she was having some type of psychotic episode upon arrival of fire and EMS crews– her behavior was out of the norm,” said Boswell.
Boswell stated that fire investigators told him that an accelerant had been used in the fire which allegedly originated from the center of the house in an area between the front porch and the fireplace.
Sergeant Boswell referred Heard Citizen reporters to Heard County Fire Chief Steve Wirth for further information on the specifics of the fire investigation.
Wirth refused to release any information and shared the following statement by email Saturday night: “I am not going to get into the details of the case. I can confirm that our agency and sheriff’s department are working together on this and that a warrant has been issued at this time.”
According to earlier reports at the time of the fire, Heard County Fire and EMS were dispatched to the residential structure fire at 733 Cherry Road in eastern Heard County at 3:24 p.m. on the afternoon of December 16, 2013.
Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.