Fire Marshal: Woman said God told her to set apartment on fire

Published: Jan. 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 9:08 PM CST
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Cynthia Parchman (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
Cynthia Parchman (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman is facing first degree felony arson charges after fire crews were called to the Aspen Village Apartments near 50th and Slide around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Cynthia Parchman, 55, was arrested for attempting to assault an officer, according to Lubbock Police.

Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless said he talked to some witnesses who said Parchman intentionally set her own unit on fire.

One of the witnesses told Loveless that Parchman said "God told her to do it." Loveless also said evidence indicates she is the sole actor in this incident.

Issac Garza also lives at the Aspen Village Apartments.  He said he ran into help put out the fire and he thinks the fire was an accident.

"There was a small heater in the hallway, that's the only thing I saw that might have caught on fire.  It had reached to the walls already so the walls were already collapsing," Garza said.

Another resident, Marcus Carrillo, says he noticed that Parchman was acting very suspicious yesterday.

"She lighted up a cigarette and she put it in her hand and she goes ok I want you to hold it. I was like ok. So she put it in my hand, she goes do you feel anything? I was like no, she goes that's the will of god," said Carrillo.

Police say Parchman is facing first degree felony arson charges, but those charges are still pending. Parchman has been charged with resisting arrest.

The incident is still under investigation.

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