A Butler woman has been charged with arson after police discovered she launched several Molotov cocktail-type devices into a wooded area last month, police said.
Stephanie Wollar, 27, was charged after police conducted “an extensive investigation” into a brush fire that took place near Spring Street in August.
Butler police received a report of a brush fire near Spring Street on Aug. 12 at approximately 11:30 p.m., authorities said.
Police discovered a neighborhood resident already extinguished a large portion of the debris and foliage that had caught on fire, authorities said, and the Butler Fire Department put out the rest of the flames.
Police said no injuries were reported and small wooded area sustained “minimal” damage.
Police found several broken beer bottles that had remnants of gasoline and blue rags that appeared to act as fuses in the bottles, authorities reported.
Detective Colleen Pascale conducted an investigation. She spoke to several witnesses and collected evidence, police said.
During the course of the investigation, Pascale was led to Wollar, who Pascale found had deliberately set the fire by “launching several Molotov cocktail-type devices into the wooded area,” police said.
Wollar was arrested and charged with arson.
Wollar posted bail and was released on her own recognizance pending an appearance in Morris County Superior Court.