Youngstown cops: Woman tried to burn home, family

By joe gorman


An East Ravenwood Avenue woman is in the Mahoning County jail on $150,000 bond after police say she got drunk and tried to burn down her house early Saturday.

Debra Silvers, 47, was arraigned in Municipal Court on charges of aggravated arson and domestic violence for a fire in the second floor of her 270 E. Ravenwood Ave. home about 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses told police, who were called to the home because of a report of a fight, that Silvers had been out and had come home very drunk and was arguing with the people inside the house.

Reports said witnesses told police Silvers pulled her daughter’s hair then threatened to kill everyone inside and sprayed lighter fluid in the bathroom on the shower curtain and set it on fire.

One of the men in the house tried to put out the fire by throwing water on it, but reports said Silvers squirted him with lighter fluid and he left.

Officers went inside to find Silvers, but she refused to come out despite heavy smoke. Patrolman Robert Gentile had to grab her and carry her outside along with Lt. Frank Rutherford, reports said.

Arson investigators said Silvers made a torch out of a piece of clothing draped over a piece of a broken door frame.

The flames from the shower curtain spread to an upstairs hallway, reports said.

The fire caused minimal damage. Silvers was treated for smoke inhalation before being taken to the Mahoning County jail to await her arraignment.

At her arraignment, Magistrate Anthony Sertick banned Silvers from having contact with anyone inside the home or from being at the home.

When she asked Sertick what she should do if she posts bail because the home is where she lives, Sertick told her she had to make arrangements to stay somewhere else until her case is settled.

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