Charges filed in Dover Street fire

WORTHINGTON - A Worthington woman is facing charges of arson, burglary and threats of violence after allegedly starting fire to her ex-boyfriend's house.

Amy Erwin, age 35, is facing three felony charges in Nobles County District Court. A warrant was issued for her arrest on December 20, while she was on a mental health hold at an out-of-state facility.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities were notified of a house on fire in the 600 block of Dover Street shortly before 6 a.m. December 15. At the scene, officers found the southwest bedroom of the home engulfed in flames. A fire department official said the fire in the bedroom was not near the room's one outlet, and said the window was broken when they arrived, with the glass inside.

The homeowner, who was not home at the time of the fire, was contacted. He told authorities Erwin had recently threatened to burn the house down. He said she had burned Christmas gifts the year before, and allowed officers to listen to a recording from Erwin in which she allegedly threatened to kill their daughter. In the recording, she listed off ways a person could die, adding, "You want her out of your life, you'll have it."

A search warrant on her phone showed she had Googled subjects such as "how to start a house on fire fast" three times within a few minutes about an hour before the fire on Dover Street was reported. The homeowner also played a recording from Erwin that stated he would no longer have a house, and he would wish he had never met her.

Erwin has a previous conviction for disorderly conduct stemming from a 2015 charge.

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