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Wyoming County Woman Charged with Arson, Attempted Murder

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Investigators with the W. Va. State Fire Marshal’s Office have charged a Wyoming County woman with attempting to kill two people by setting fire to a home in which she had been residing.

Bridget Avonelle Cozort, 30, of Kopperston, is charged with one count of first-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder.

Investigators allege Cozort had been staying at an area residence with two other women when she was told on May 21 to move out. The following morning, Cozort set fire to living room curtains before leaving the home with the other two women still inside.

One of the residents found the fire and called 911, and after alerting the other resident both women escaped the home safely. Responding firefighters were able to contain the fire to that room.

Cozart was later arrested May 28 on other Wyoming County charges. Held since then at the Southern Regional Jail, she was charged in the arson on June 9 with bail in this case set at $100,000.