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Montgomery woman faces arson, fraud charges in 2013 house fire

Valincia Rogers (Source: Montgomery County Jail) Valincia Rogers (Source: Montgomery County Jail)

A Montgomery woman is under arrest more than a year after her home caught fire and burned.

According to court documents, Valincia Antionett Rogers, 37, and a minor left the home on Barley Drive for a trip to Birmingham back on May 18, 2013. While they were gone, the house went up in flames.

Investigators suspected arson almost immediately and samples from the house were taken for tests. The evidence came back positive for ignitable liquids.

Witnesses told investigators that a truck was seen in front of the home before Rogers left that evening and household items were being loaded into it. Records indicate the house was in the foreclosure process.

More than a year after the blaze, investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department interviewed Roger's daughter, Voranda Rogers, who admitted the morning of the trip she and her mother went to a gas station and purchased a small amount of gasoline.

Voranda Rogers told investigators she placed the canister of gas beside the couch before the trip that evening. She further explained that later in the evening her cousin, "Turtle" Deva Deashon Wright came over and started the fire.

The house, which was estimated at a value of $50,000 before the fire, suffered heavy damage.

Valincia Rogers was placed under arrested and charged with second degree arson and first degree insurance fraud. She is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $45,000 bond.

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