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Davenport given probation for burning own home
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A woman who set fire to her own home which led to a fireman being injured while trying to put out the blaze was granted probation and ordered to pay the fire fighter’s hospital bill.The woman, Samantha Davenport, 36, entered a guilty plea to the charge of reckless endangerment. She was placed on probation for one year and ordered to make $400 restitution to Donald Prater, the fireman who was injured while trying to extinguish the intentionally set fire.“He sustained a broken arm,” revealed Sheriff’s Investigator Aaron Roberts, noting the fireman was amongst those from the Morrison and Viola fire departments who responded to the blaze at 111 South Mill Street to fight blaze at the double-wide trailer.The fireman fell through a burned part of the structure as they fought the fire in the darkness, causing the injury. Lawmen immediately suspected something was amiss about the fire.“The trailer did not have electricity and was quarantined as a meth lab,” Roberts noted.