Woman charged in Mount Clemens house fire

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 23, 2016

 The suspect was reportedly observed at a local gas station purchasing a gas can which she allegedly filled with gasoline, according to sheriff’s officials.

The suspect was reportedly observed at a local gas station purchasing a gas can which she allegedly filled with gasoline, according to sheriff’s officials.

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County woman was behind bars after she allegedly set fire to a Mount Clemens rental home she once lived in.

Madalyn Marie Soulliere, 43, is charged with first-degree arson, a life felony. She was arraigned in 41-B District Court in Mount Clemens on Dec. 22.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a home on Washington Street at approximately 2:23 p.m. Dec. 20 after a witness called 911 to report that someone had lit a fire in front of the residence. The caller said the individual had fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Upon arriving, deputies found a small fire burning on the south side of the home that was contained to a small “nook” near the front porch. A sheriff’s command officer was able to use the fire extinguisher kept in his patrol car to extinguish the blaze.

Lt. John Michalke said it is unknown if anyone was residing inside the home at the time, but did confirm that no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, Michalke said sheriff’s deputies interviewed a witness who described the fire-starter as a white male subject, approximately 50 years old with gray hair, and wearing a black or green coat. The witness told deputies that the man poured gasoline and lit it on fire.

Fire investigators from the Sheriff’s Office are also conducting an investigation.

The report states that the building’s landlord provided additional information that provided deputies with enough evidence to develop a suspect: a woman who was a former tenant at the home.

In addition, Michalke reported that the command officer who extinguished the fire visited several area gas stations and was able to review surveillance videos. At one gas station, the surveillance video showed a female subject who reportedly matched the description of the former tenant, later identified as Soulliere.

According to the report, Soulliere was observed purchasing a gas can and gasoline. She was eventually tracked down in Washington Township, where detectives found a gasoline can in the back seat of her car. 

After her arraignment, Soulliere was given a $75,000 cash-or-surety bond, and she remained in the Macomb County Jail at press time. The court was unable to provide any attorney information for Soulliere. She is due back in court Jan. 4.

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