Update: Police say woman confessed to arson in Johnson City house fire

Johnson City Press • Updated May 19, 2016 at 4:50 PM

A Johnson City woman confessed to using a propane torch to set a yard shed on fire early Tuesday morning before the fire spread to an adjacent house, authorities said in a court record.

The Johnson City Fire Marshall’s Office charged Wendy Langston, 35, Division Street, with arson Wednesday related to the fire at 1301 Spring Street.

The fire started in the shed and spread to the house, causing heavy damage to the property.

The resident told police Langston had stopped by around 3:30 a.m., and they hung out together in the shed. He left the shed to work on a bicycle, and Langston soon called out to him from the shed’s doorway, saying the structure was on fire.

The man moved Langston to safety and saw that sheets hanging in the shed were on fire. He went to get a water hose in an attempt to contain the fire and called 911. He told police he tried to remove items, only to see Langston throw them back in the fire.

Police said they interviewed Langtson, and she admitted to using a propane torch to set the sheets on fire.

Langston was held on a $10,000 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.


Earlier report posted at 9:41 a.m. Thursday:

The Johnson City Fire Marshall’s Office charged a Johnson City woman with arson on Wednesday for starting a fire at a home in the 1300 block of Spring Street early Tuesday morning, according to a press release. 

The fire began at an out building before spreading to a home, the release said. Fire officials said Wendy Langston, 35, Division Street, was believed to have started the fire that caused heavy damage.

Langston was already held at the Washington County Detention Center on a separate charge when officials served her with the arson warrant.

She is held on a $10,000 bond with a court date set for 1:30 p.m. today.