Girl Accused of Starting Fire,
Lying to Police Waives Hearing

The girl accused of starting a fire at 177 Williams Street in September, then lying to police about it, has waived her preliminary hearing.

18-year-old Kyle Kathleen Clark originally told police she thought someone else started the fire. Several weeks later, however, police got a tip saying that Clark started it.

Clark then told police she was smoking in the house, heard someone coming and didn't want that person to see her smoking. So, she put the cigarette on a shelf in a linen closet, covered it with a towel and went to McDonald's, according to papers filed in District Judge Dom Cercone's office.

The fire caused $12,300 worth of damage.

Clark is charged with criminal mischief and making false reports to law enforcement. Authorities have said she's not charged with arson because she didn't intentionally start the fire.

She's free on unsecured bail.

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