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BLOOMINGTON — A 62-year-old woman faces arson charges in connection with a Monday night mobile home fire in Lexington.

Rodi Carter was charged with two counts of residential arson Wednesday in McLean County Circuit Court.

Fire gutted the mobile home at 22154 Green St. in the Westwind Estates Mobile Home Park, but there were no injuries. Firefighters were called to the scene at 6:41 p.m. and found flames shooting out of every window in the middle of the trailer, Lexington Assistant Fire Chief Jason Birkenbeil told The Pantagraph.

The fire was brought under control in about six minutes, but the trailer is considered a total loss.

According to court documents, Carter was living at the trailer with her ex-husband, who left to run an errand. At that point, prosecutors said, she deliberately started a fire because she intended to harm herself.

Carter admitted to firefighters she set the fire on purpose, said prosecutors, adding she left the burning trailer and was not injured.

The fire did not spread to nearby residences. Fire departments from Towanda and Chenoa assisted the Lexington Fire Department.

Carter was arrested at 8:13 a.m. Tuesday morning and remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $2,535 bond. She also must cooperate with mental health services as a condition of her bond.

The trailer was a total loss and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the other resident living there.

Carter is due in court for an arraignment on May 10.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.