Woman convicted after setting own house on fire in Dunstable

Front page report of Dunstable Gazette on June 10
Front page report of Dunstable Gazette on June 10

A woman was found guilty of committing arson and recklessly endangering lives after setting fire to her own house in Dunstable.

Teresa Ortenzi, 51, started the fire in the bedroom of her home at Aldbanks on June 4.

She was herself burned on her arms and face before being rescued by firefighters from the blaze.

It took nearly an hour to extinguish the fire, which left the bedroom 50% damaged and caused 100% smoke damage to the house which Ortenzi shares with her husband.

Ortenzi pleaded guilty from the outset of committing arson recklessly and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years, 60 days of community service and an alcohol treatment requirement for six months.

In addition, she was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and a criminal courts charge of £900 – totaling costs of £1000.