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July 28, 2003

Albany -- A family that lives in the 200 block of West First Avenue in Albany say they feel blessed to be uninjured, after someone set their house on fire early Monday morning. Police have issued an arrest warrant for a woman who threatened to burn down their home.

Eighteen-year-old Jermaine Monson said he awoke about 2:30 A.M., coughing because of smoke in the home. He woke up the rest of his family. All six people getting out ok

Arson investigators say someone threw a flammable liquid on the back porch, and set it on fire. The home owner, Carlton Wright, said " Yes I am lucky. I thank God for waking my cousin up in time to smell smoke and get everybody out."

The porch and back wall of the house were burned, estimated at 5 thousand dollars worth of damage.

Investigators have issued a warrant for 47 year old Doretha Jones for making terroristic threats. Witnesses say Friday Jones threatened to burn down that home on West First Avenue.

posted at 3:40 by jimw@walb.com