Woman charged with arson, killing dog

LILBURN -- Fire investigators have charged a Lilburn woman with arson in a fire that killed her dog, officials said Tuesday.

Carey Rogers, 44, is charged with two counts of first-degree arson and felony cruelty to animals in the Aug. 18 incident.

Investigators believe Rogers set fire to a home she was renting from a family member in 1300 block of Martin Nash Road in Lilburn as part of a suicide attempt, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden.

"A suicide note was found as the motive for her setting fire to the home where she lived," Rhoden said.

Roger's dog, housed in a transportable kennel, could not escape and died from smoke inhalation, Rhoden said.

A passerby spotted the fire just before noon that day and called 911. Firefighters contained the blaze to a room near the back corner of the house.

Rogers' injuries were not disclosed, but Rhoden said she was transported from the scene to a local hospital

Warrants for Rogers were sworn out Thursday, the day she was booked at the Gwinnett County Jail. She remains jailed without bond.

Rogers is scheduled to appear before a Gwinnett magistrate on Friday for a probable cause hearing.