Arson arrest

Woman charged with setting fire to her North Chico home

A Chico woman was arrested on Sunday (Aug. 26) on a charge of arson after a fire broke out and was reported by a roommate in their Revere Lane home off Henshaw Avenue in north Chico. Chico Police Sgt. Scott Franssen said that 51-year-old Colette Mounts was arrested on an arson charge.

According to a Chico Fire Department press release, Wayne Miller, another resident of the house, discovered and reported the fire at about 9:30 a.m. in an upstairs bedroom. Miller used a fire extinguisher until three fire trucks arrived to help extinguish the blaze, which did an estimated $650 in damage.

The arson charge carries a state prison sentence of up to three years. Mounts reportedly had a “beef with her roommates” prior to the incident. The third roommate, who was not identified, was not home at the time of the fire.