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Irvine woman charged with five counts of arson

May 24, 2011 |  9:52 pm

Spires An Irvine woman accused of setting six fires in recent months was charged Tuesday with five felony counts of arson, Orange County prosecutors said.

Jana Marie Spires, 38, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison if convicted, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney’s office. Spires, who is being held on $50,000 bail, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June 2.

Spires is accused of starting fires in several parked cars in January and April. She is also accused of lighting a flag hanging outside a home and setting a garage on fire on the same day in February.

On Saturday, authorities said, Spires set fire to a stack of pizza boxes at the playground of Springbrook Elementary School in Irvine. An Irvine police officer observed the incident, and an investigation linked Spires to the previous blazes, prosecutors said. She was arrested Monday.


Irvine woman arrested in string of arson fires

-- Sam Allen

Photo: Jana Spires. Credit: Irvine Police Department