Collier County woman accused of intentionally setting house on fire with people inside

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Roommates ran out of a burning house with a disabled child, worried about oxygen tanks inside as they called 911. The home burned to the ground in Collier County, and now a woman is facing charges for setting it on fire.

There was a fight before the flames, and the arrest report says detectives are convinced Aunna Allen set the fire on purpose. They say that she was drunk at the time.

All is quiet now on the long driveway along Randall Boulevard in Collier County, but detectives say Allen set the home on fire, sending flames through the roof.

Collier County home believed to have been ablaze intentionally. (Credit: WINK News)

“She set the house on fire and left,” the 911 caller told dispatchers.

One of the victims called 911, saying roommate Aunna Allen physically attacked him and then set something in her room on fire. They saw the smoke and flames and called for help.

Dispatcher: “How did she start the house on fire?”
911 caller: “I don’t know, but there’s smoke coming out of the back bedroom, and it’s pouring out.”
Dispatcher: “Is everyone out of the house? “
911 caller: “Yes, everybody is getting out of the house right now. There’s oxygen in the house. It could blow up.”

Inside at the time of the fire were four people, including a 12-year-old with disabilities.

Deputies tracked down Allen, who ran from the fire scene, and arrested her.

She went before a judge on Friday to answer first-degree arson and battery charges.

“The fact is that the house was burned completely to the ground. There were four other people in the house, one being a 12-year-old handicapped child,” said State Attorney Brittany Blocker.

The judge ordered Allen held on a $26,000 bond.

Detectives are confident Allen set the fire on purpose and knew people were inside but still walked away.

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