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POLICE: Louisville woman arrested years after pets die in arson

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Carla Martin (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Carla Martin (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman faced a judge Tuesday morning years after she allegedly lit a fire that threatened a woman's life and killed two cats and dog.

Carla Martin, age 60, pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and wanton endangerment.

According to an arrest warrant, the charges stem from an incident that took place on June 15, 2007.

Police say Martin placed several newspapers in front of the victim's apartment door and set them on fire, knowing that the door was the only way the woman could get away.

The victim smelled smoke and soon realized what was happening. She was able to get away by jumping over the flames, but her pets -- two cats and one dog -- died in the fire, according to police.

Just two weeks earlier, police say Martin had gotten into an argument with the victim over a man, and told her that she was going to kill her.

She was charged with first degree wanton endangerment and arson. Martin was arrested shortly after 6 a.m. Monday.

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