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Dumfries woman admits starting Barrie Avenue fires

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption Mitchell admitted starting both fires at the flat in Barrie Avenue in Dumfries

A young woman has admitted starting two fires in a Dumfries flat in a matter of months - both of which led to her having to be rescued.

Sarah Mitchell, 19, was taken to hospital unconscious after the first blaze in Barrie Avenue in June.

Three months later she was again taken to Dumfries Infirmary for treatment after a fire at the same address.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross said setting fire to a property in a block of flats was very serious and deferred sentence.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard that damage costing more £18,000 to repair was caused to the property in the incidents.

Mitchell admitted wilfully setting fire to clothing behind the front door of her flat in June and endangering the occupants of neighbouring properties.

She also pled guilty to a second charge of acting with another woman and again wilfully setting fire to clothing in the flat in September.

Solicitor Gavin Orr told the court she was a very troubled young woman and had been considering what had gone wrong with her life.

The sheriff called for background reports before sentencing her for the offences.

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