BURNET, Texas (AP) — A dispatcher in Burnet (BER’-net) is charged with arson after fire damaged her lawman boyfriend’s home hours after they broke up.

Four people suffered smoke inhalation trying to rescue a dog owned by Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Keese. The English bulldog named Arnold survived the Aug. 16 blaze after being given oxygen.

Fire Marshal John Paul Erskine says Keese, who was not home when the fire broke out, has no plans to reunite with Kristen Gilliam. Both are 34.

An affidavit says Gilliam told a friend that she “wished something bad would happen” because the couple reconciled in the past after such occurrences.

Keese declined comment. The affidavit says Gilliam, arrested Wednesday and freed on $5,000 bond, denies starting the fire.

Sheriff W.T. Smith declined comment on whether Gilliam remains a dispatcher.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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