Homeless woman charged with burglary after fire at Huntington home
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
A woman from Huntington is behind bars after police said a home she was squatting in caught fire.
Kaylee Starkey, 23, is charged with daytime burglary, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County.
Huntington fire investigators said firefighters were dispatched to a fire in the 1200 block of Ninth Avenue on February 5. They said the fire was ruled as arson.
During the investigation, a woman matching Starkey's description was seen leaving the area of the house.
Investigators later found Starkey at Cabell Huntington Hospital attempting to be treated for a facial and ankle injury. They said she also had soot on her face.
Investigators said Starkey told them she was homeless and stayed at the house. She also said that several homeless people stayed there, and she also consumed meth in the home on prior occasions.
Investigators said Starkey told them when she woke up, she smelled smoke. She said her friend kicked out a window and she jumped from the second floor.
Starkey is currently in the Western Regional Jail.