Po­lice: Wo­man set man’s bed on fire

She is charged with ar­son, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son, risk­ing a catas­tro­phe, and at­tempted homi­cide

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @afarence on Twit­ter

WEST WHITE­LAND >> A 28-year-old wo­man al­legedly lit a sleep­ing man’s bed on fire, ul­ti­mately ren­der­ing a home in the 1300 block of Old Phoenixville Pike un­in­hab­it­able.

Ch­eryl Roney re­port­edly set fire to the man’s bed twice. The first time, po­lice said the man woke up to her stand­ing at the end of his bed, laugh­ing, while smok­ing a cig­a­rette.

“There re­ally is no ex­pla­na­tion,” said West White­land De­tec­tive Scott Pez­ick when asked why Roney al­legedly lit the bed on fire. “She’s stand­ing at the foot his bed, laugh­ing, smok­ing a cig­a­rette.”

Roney was liv­ing at the res­i­dence with her mother. The man whose bed was lit on fire, was a 52-year-old who rented a room there.

Po­lice said he stamped out the burn­ing items and took the smol­der­ing ones out­side, but Roney then al­legedly set fire to the man’s bed again, which he at­tempted once again to put out, even us­ing a hose, but was ul­ti­mately un­suc-

cess­ful.

“By then it was too late,” Pez­ick said.

Po­lice re­ceived the call at 3:22 a.m. When they ar­rived, po­lice said the home was fully in­volved and that Roney was kneel­ing on the ground at­tempt­ing to light an­other cig­a­rette from some of the burn­ing de­bris.

Her mother and the man both told po­lice she in­ten- tion­ally set the fire.

She al­legedly re­sisted ar­rest, and it took two of­fi­cers to carry her to a marked po- lice car and trans­port her to Brandy­wine Hospi­tal for a men­tal eval­u­a­tion, where she has not yet been re- leased.

West White­land Fire Chief Ge­orge “Bud” Turner said the fire was brought un­der con­trol in about 25 min­utes, and the man suf­fered from smoke in­hala­tion.

Po­lice said he was taken to the Ch­ester County Hospi­tal and re­leased later that day, and that he suf­fered mi­nor burns to his hands as well. Turner said the house was ren­dered “un­in­habit- able,” and As­sis­tant Fire Mar­shal Mike Holmes esti- mated dam­age done to the prop­erty at about $150,000. Roney has been charged with ar­son, reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing an­other per­son, risk­ing a catas­tro­phe, and at­tempted homi­cide. In ad­di­tion to the West White­land po­lice and the West White­land Fire Com­pany, Goshen Fire Com­pany, First West Ch­ester Fire Com­pany, Uwch­lan Am­bu­lance, Good Fel­low­ship Am­bu­lance, and Medic 91 also as­sisted. The Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney’s of­fice as­sisted in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — DAVE SMI­LEY AT NOZ­ZLE NUT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a house fire in the 1300 block of Old Phoenixville Pike in West White­land early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

COUR­TESY PHOTO — DAVE SMI­LEY AT NOZ­ZLE NUT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a house fire in the 1300 block of Old Phoenixville Pike in West White­land early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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