The person charged today with setting a massive Hiram fire still lived where the fire originated despite her ex-husband being awarded the house in a divorce settlement, state officials said.
Investigators also believe two mattresses were used to start the fire in the kitchen and dining room part of the house before it spread to neighboring homes, state Insurance Department spokesman Glenn Allen said.
Adrienne Satterly, 41, of 67 Rosemont Court, has been charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson following the early Sunday fire that destroyed four homes, severely damaged two others, and caused "varying degrees of heat and smoke damage" to 14 others.
Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens estimated property and content loss totaled more than $1 million following the Sunday morning fire.
Satterly is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond. She faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. First-degree arson is a felony with a penalty of one to 20 years in prison with a possible fine of up to $50,000, the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office said in a news release.
She also was charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty after two dogs in one house and a cat in another perished in the fires.
Satterly was the only resident of the home at 67 Rosemont Court. Homeowner Christopher Satterly is her ex-husband and was awarded the house in a divorce settlement, Allen said.
"She was scheduled to leave the home," Allen said.
The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office, the Paulding County Fire Department and the Hiram Police Department announced the charges today.
They allege that Satterly started the fire inside the home on Feb. 18. The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m.
“This suspect committed a heinous act that threatened the lives of her neighbors and our first responders,” said Deputy Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Jay Florence in a news release.
“I commend the efforts of the fire investigators and detectives who worked on this case.”
The Hiram Police Department executed the warrants overnight.