Nikea Rivera has been arraigned for allegedly starting a fire where she lives because the house is “haunted”. She told the police: “The devil made me do it, there are ghosts in my house.”
Rivera reportedly told a witness: “I’m sorry, I had to do it,” while walking away from the house.
Images later shared by the Boston fire department showed windows were blown out and shattered.
Firefighters scrambled to rescue several residents from the wood-frame Dorchester home on Tuesday.
Two residents were forced to flee on ground ladders from the second-storey building.
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One of them was later transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
District Attorney Kevin Hayden said: “It’s fortunate that this woman’s actions did not result in any residents or responders being seriously injured or killed.
“Her statements are obviously disturbing and an immediate evaluation is the proper next step.”
It comes just years after seven men pled guilty to arson after setting fire to the LeBeau Plantation in New Orlens.
The “ghosthunters” aged between 17 and 31 were trying to “summon spirits” at the time.
At the time of their arrest, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the men had been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house before they set fire to it.
Col. John Doran said: “They had been looking for ghosts, trying to summon spirits, beating on the floors.”