Paducah woman arrested on arson charge
PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A Paducah woman faces an arson charge after police say she set a fire in the bathroom of the business where she worked while customers were inside the business.
Tailiyah N. Patterson, 22, faces a first-degree arson charge.
Paducah police say Patterson called her manager about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and told her she smelled smoke inside the Dollar General at 613 S. 3rd Street.
The manager told Patterson to check the bathroom and Patterson reportedly discovered a fire in the trash can.
Paducah Fire Department firefighters put out the fire. Detective Ryan Hudson was called to investigate. He said the fire appeared to have been deliberately set, and reported damage to the trash can and ceiling tiles in the bathroom.
Hudson’s investigation determined Patterson had set the fire in the trash can using paper towels and had held the trash can up to the ceiling in order to ignite the ceiling tiles. He said there were multiple customers in the store at the time.
Patterson was interviewed Thursday and admitted starting the fire, according to the Paducah Police Department.
She was arrested and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.