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Woman suspected of setting house on fire with 2 people inside

BOOKED: Rosetta Broadway Wilson, 57, of the 3000 block of Claiborne Avenue in Shreveport, one count each of aggravated arson and motor vehicle theft (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) BOOKED: Rosetta Broadway Wilson, 57, of the 3000 block of Claiborne Avenue in Shreveport, one count each of aggravated arson and motor vehicle theft (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Flames engulfed a house in the 1000 block of Pickett Street in Shreveport late Sunday night. (Source: KSLA News 12) Flames engulfed a house in the 1000 block of Pickett Street in Shreveport late Sunday night. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Fire investigators suspect the blaze was set by a Shreveport woman who allegedly refused to leave the police station's front desk 6.5 hours earlier. (Source: KSLA News 12) Fire investigators suspect the blaze was set by a Shreveport woman who allegedly refused to leave the police station's front desk 6.5 hours earlier. (Source: KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport woman is accused of setting fire to a house with someone inside the home.

Shreveport police arrested 57-year-old Rosetta Broadway Wilson, of the 3000 block of Claiborne Avenue, at 4:30 a.m. Sunday on a charge of entering and remaining after being forbidden.

Booking records show Wilson was told several times to leave the front desk at the Shreveport police station.

Officers handcuffed and arrested her when she came back to the front desk.

A judge released her on her own recognizance at 3:11 p.m. Sunday.

Then Wilson again was arrested at 11 p.m. the same day, this time on a charge of aggravated arson and as a fugitive.

She  is suspected of setting a blaze that destroyed a house in the 1000 block of Pickett Street in Shreveport.

Fire officials said two people were inside the home at the time.

Flames were engulfing the two-story, wood-frame structure when firefighters arrived at 10 p.m.

"Several callers reported seeing flames visible from Interstate 20 as well as the street," Fire Department spokesman Clarence Reese said.

"One of the callers was an occupant who was inside when the fire started. According to that caller, he also knew who set the fire."

No injuries were reported.

"Everybody made it out," Reese said. "Nobody was treated and nobody was transported."

It took two dozen firefighters to bring the blaze under control at 11:04 p.m.

And their efforts came with their own set of challenges.

"Several issues made it challenging to extinguish the blaze while accounting firefighter safety," Reese said.

"Water pressure from the hydrant was low due to consumption in the area. Firefighters used accepted methods to boost the pressure and extinguish the blaze," he added.

"Firefighters were also met with downed power lines that had high voltage still flowing through them.

"Lastly, there were two large dogs freely roaming the property."

Police detained Wilson until fire investigators arrived and arrested her at 11 p.m. Sunday.

She was arrested based on witness statements and her statement to authorities, Reese said.

Wilson was booked into Shreveport City Jail on the arson charge at 12:11 a.m. Monday.

At the time of her arrest, she also was wanted by Caddo Parish authorities.

Wilson now is being held in Caddo Correctional Center, where she was transferred and booked at 6:02 p.m. on one count each of aggravated arson and motor vehicle theft.

The theft charge arises from an outstanding Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office warrant 

"The American Red Cross was contacted to help the only occupant who provided information," Reese said.

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