Petal woman charged with arson

Petal woman charged with arson
Carolyn Newell

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A woman is behind bars and facing arson charges in connection to a house fire in the city of Petal.

Carolyn Newell, 66, of Petal, was arrested Monday night in connection to an August 4th fire in the 100 block of Madison Avenue.

Newell was charged with arson- attempted 4th degree, in connection to the crime.

According to fire investigators, Newell set the residence on fire, and when firefighters arrived, they were able to extinguish the fire quickly, leaving only minimal damage to the home.

Investigators said that witness statements helped them piece together the story.

The investigation is still ongoing, and Newell could be facing other charges.