Naked Woman Detained For Lighting Church On Fire Lights Police Car On Fire

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A Florida woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly starting a fire at a church while naked and allegedly set a second fire in a police car after being detained.

Taylor Pyatte allegedly set fire near Grace Church in Fort Myers, Florida, according to Wink News. The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. The Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD) reportedly found the 42-year-old naked and near the fire.

Once Pyatte was detained, she allegedly set another small fire in the back of a patrol car, the outlet reported. The FMPD told the outlet she was inside the vehicle and had started a fire in the car’s door panel. (RELATED: Fire Destroys 160-Year-Old Massachusetts Church).

Police said she had been searched before being put in the vehicle. However, they believe Pyatte may have had a lighter hidden on her where police wouldn’t find it, the outlet noted.

Pyatte was booked and charged with one count of first-degree arson and damage to property or criminal mischief, according to Lee County Sheriff’s Office inmate records. Pyatte has a court date of April 22, per the inmate records.

In Oct. 2023, two 12-year-old kids allegedly tried to set fire to a Catholic Church in Massachusetts, according to Boston 25 News. An initial investigation by the East Bridgewater Police and Fire found a fire had also been set near the altar, which resulted in the burning of a bible and the altar cloth.

Two suspects were reportedly charged after local police obtained security footage from the incident, MassLive reported. The boy and girl were reportedly charged with larceny, breaking and entering, destruction of property with damages exceeding $1,200 and burning of a building, the outlet reported.