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Woman starts fire, tries to prevent firefighters from putting it out
TPD crime scene

A Turlock woman was arrested Friday on criminal charges after she allegedly tried to stop fire fighters from putting out a fire in her home.

Shannon Waldorf, 36, was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on Friday afternoon and remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bail, according to jail records.

Around 1:30 p.m. Friday the Turlock Fire Department received a report of a fire at an apartment in the 3400 block of Crowell Rd. The fire was reported by a resident in another apartment, who stated they could see and smell smoke.

The fire was located in a bedroom and confined to a pile of clothes and a bookshelf. A resident in the apartment used a dry chemical fire extinguisher to keep the fire from spreading and it was quickly extinguished once the first fire crews arrived.

Fire fighters found a smoke detector on the bedroom floor with the batteries removed.

According to the Turlock Police Department, Waldorf was responsible for starting the fire and tried to prevent the fire fighters from gaining entry to the bedroom to put out the fire. She also allegedly continued to interfere with the fire fighters and the police on scene.