Woman charged with attempted murder in Windsor house fire

Debra Cushman
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Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2022 at 6:27 AM EDT
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WINDSOR, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman after an arson incident that left a home engulfed in flames Saturday night.

The incident was reported around 10:20 p.m. Saturday at a double-wide mobile home in the 400 block of Wren Road in Windsor, according to deputies.

Deputies were called after the fire was reported by a passer-by who saw the home on fire and stopped to make sure no one was inside.

Deputies arrived to find a home engulfed in flames, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said they learned from others at the scene that suspect Debra Cushman, 60, had “lit a pair of panties on fire” and tried to start a fire in the house.

A witness said he put that fire out, and at that time Cushman went inside her room and locked it. The witness stated that some time later, he noticed the house was on fire while he and another person were inside.

The witness said Cushman “has been suffering from issues recently,” according to an incident report from deputies.

Cushman was placed under arrest and was transported to the Aiken County Detention Center, where she was held on a charge of second-degree arson and two counts of attempted murder, according to jail records.