Woman arrested on murder, arson charges after fatal fire in Lebanon

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LEBANON, Ind. – A woman admitted to setting a fire that killed a Lebanon man last month, leading to her arrest this week, police say.

The fire at 925 Bibler Street was reported around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. David “Virgil” Dickerson, 44, died as a result of that fire.

Police and firefighters received several tips about the case and questioned Tina Hoover, 42. During an interview Thursday, police said Hoover admitted she started the fire at the mobile home.

David "Virgil" Dickerson

David "Virgil" Dickerson

Dickerson died from smoke inhalation, and the Boone County Coroner’s Office ruled his death a homicide. His wife, Angie Dickerson, was injured in the fire, as were a Boone County sheriff’s deputy and a Lebanon police officer. All were treated for minor injuries and smoke inhalation, police said.

Hoover was booked on preliminary charges of murder, arson resulting in serious bodily injury and three counts of arson resulting in bodily injury.

The Boone County Prosecutor’s Office is expected to file formal charges soon as the investigation into the fire continues.

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