Temple woman charged with arson for setting her house on fire

Bell County Jail
POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 11:03am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:39pm

A Temple woman has been arrested and charged with arson for reportedly intentionally setting her house on fire.

On Tuesday, August 27, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Temple Fire Marshal’s Office, with assistance from Temple Police Department, attempted to serve a felony arson warrant on Hollie Stolp, 29, of Temple, in reference to an intentionally set fire that occurred on June 12 in the 900 block of South Henderson Street in Temple.

Temple Fire Rescue and investigators from the Fire Marshal’s office responded to the fire in the early morning hours to find a Stolp's single-story house with heavy fire involvement in the master bedroom. No one was home at the time of the fire, but investigators gathered evidence to determine the fire had been intentionally set and that Stolp had been responsible for the fire.

After a detailed investigation, investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office were able to obtain additional evidence and began legal proceedings to charge Stolp with arson.

The Fire Marshal’s Office retrieved their complaint from the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, and acquired a warrant from Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace GW Ivey for Stolp’s arrest. Information was received that the Stolp was staying with family in the 1300 block of North 10th Street in Temple, and officials went to that address with Temple Police to take the Stolp into custody. When officers arrived, Stolp fled the residence and hid at an undetermined location until officers left. A short time later, Temple police officers returned to follow up and located Stolp, who had returned and was hiding in a closet. Stolp was taken into custody by Temple PD, and a family member was also arrested for hindering apprehension.

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