A burned out shell is all that remains of a Sterling house intentionally set on fire last week by a distraught woman. Alaska State Troopers say she tried to burn down her residence with herself inside. A camper parked next to the house also was destroyed in the blaze. The woman, who was rescued from the inferno, is now in jail facing arson and assault charges.
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A distraught Sterling woman who allegedly tried to burn down her house with herself inside was charged Friday with arson and assault.
Delores G. Glasgow, 39, was released from Central Peninsula General Hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation, and was arrested on charges of first-degree arson and third-degree assault. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.
According to charging documents, Glasgow had assaulted her husband, John Glasgow on Wednesday, hitting him in the head with a rock and holding a six-inch hunting knife saying she was going to kill him and then herself.
John Glasgow fled the scene, and later, Alaska State Troopers received a report from the Kotzebue police that a woman identifying herself as Delores Glasgow's sister told them the Sterling woman was distraught and threatening to burn down her house and kill herself.
Responding Trooper Larry Erickson said in court papers he detected a strong odor of fuel when he approached the house on Scotsman Street near Feuding Lane, and when he contacted Delores Glasgow and asked her about the fuel, she replied it was for him to find out.
She quickly stepped into the house and locked the door, he said.
Erickson said she appeared to have been drinking alcohol, had a flushed face, thick slurred speech and poor balance.
Two minutes after she locked the door, Erickson saw flames inside the house.
He forced his way through the locked door, but was unable to enter due to intense heat, smoke and flames.
He called to her repeatedly, and received no reply.
When Trooper Michael Henry arrived, and the heat and smoke partially subsided in the doorway, the two troopers crawled into the house, staying on the floor beneath thick, black smoke.
They found the woman unconscious and unresponsive, and pulled her out of the building. While crawling in the house, they moved past a nearly full 5-gallon gasoline can with its cap off. Outside, they found a 100-gallon propane tank against the back wall of the house.
The troopers moved Glasgow about 500 feet away from the house, and she was taken to CPGH.
The troopers also were treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital.
Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said on Friday, Glasgow was being charged with arson, "because it's still illegal to burn your house down."
"She put those people who would rescue her in serious danger," Wilkinson said.
Glasgow, who is being held on $40,000 bail, is scheduled to appear in Kenai District Court for a status hearing today at 1:15 p.m.
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