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Norcross woman charged with first-degree arson and battery

Tina Varela-Bailey

Tina Varela-Bailey

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross woman is facing charges after investigators said she set her apartment on fire during a domestic dispute Monday.

According to reports, 30-year-old Tina Varela-Bailey is charged with first-degree arson and battery in the early morning incident.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said police and firefighters were called to the residence at 1215 Ivey Park Lane in Norcross at about 5 a.m. after receiving reports of a dispute and a fire.

Investigators didn't give specifics but said the incident involved Varela-Bailey and her live-in boyfriend.

Rutledge said Varela-Bailey intentionally set fire to a closet "for reasons related to the domestic dispute."

A sprinkler unit that doused the fire and contained it to the closet area also flooded the house with water, Rutledge said.

Varela-Bailey was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on battery charges and fire investigators later served an arrest warrant for arson, Rutledge said.

Jail records show Varela-Bailey was arrested twice in 2009 for charges including criminal damage to property and DUI.

She is being held without bond on the latest charges, records show.