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NEMO motel guest accused of setting her room on fire

The suspect is also accused of using a lighter to set plants and other items in the motel lobby on fire while she waited on authorities to investigate the fire in her room. (KHQA)

A guest at a northeast Missouri motel is accused of intentionally setting her room on fire.

Shellie Clark, 62, of Arvada, Colorado, is now charged with one count of First-Degree Arson.

The blaze happened Thursday night at the Bel-Air Motel in Monroe City, according to our sister station, KHQA.

When the police and fire departments got to the motel, one of the rooms was full of flames and smoke.

Clark was outside the motel. She was not injured.

KHQA reports Clark told authorities she had fallen asleep with a candle lit and woke up to find her room on fire.

Officers took Clark to the motel office to stay warm while they investigated.

They said while she was there, the suspect reportedly used a lighter to set some fake plants and other items on fire.

Police then took Clark into custody.

The Monroe City police and fire departments were assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Monroe City Ambulance and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office.

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