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Woman arrested for alleged arson at Shafer Park

Woman arrested for alleged arson at Shafer Park

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SELMA — Selma Police arrested a woman who admitted to starting a fire at the ponding basin attached to Shafer Park on Thursday.

Around 12:30 p.m., Selma Police and the Selma Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at the basin and when both departments arrived, they found the basin fully engulfed in flames, Police say. Police said the fire department put the fire out.

Selma Public Works employees were working in the area when the fire started and they allegedly saw the suspect, 38-year-old Amanda Goodwin, rapidly leaving out of the basin near the fire. Police say Goodwin is a known homeless individual in Selma.

After she was arrested, police say Goodwin admitted to starting the fire and appeared to be angry because her boyfriend, another known homeless person, was not in the basin to meet her as they had planned. Goodwin’s boyfriend was arrested in the basin earlier for alleging trespassing when the police and fire departments responded to a separate fire, police say.

Goodwin was charged with felony arson and a warrant for possession of narcotics paraphernalia. She was processed at the Selma Police Department and was later booked at Fresno County Jail.

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