I just learned of this & wonder if there’s anything left to see at the site.
From the Canton Repository on September 15, 2009…
Woman tells police she burned down her house because it was haunted
A woman who watched her house burn from a few hundred feet away told police she set it afire “because she was sick of living there, and it was haunted,” Stark County Jail records said.
Kristine M. Hambuechen, 41, of 19 Penberthy Pl. NE, was arrested at Eighth Street and Lincoln Way St. E at 5:37 p.m. Monday and charged with aggravated arson. She also goes by the last name of Pritchett, according to Massillon police reports.
Her home was destroyed.
Firefighters arrived at 5:12 p.m. Monday to find smoke coming from several windows, said Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Collins. Bystanders told them Hambuechen was already out of the house, he said.
Collins said the fire, which started in the bedroom and the living room, had destroyed the house by the time firefighters forced their way in. He estimated damage at $10,000 to the structure and at $5,000 to its contents.
Police reports said the home is owned by R&G Rentals, 4509 Forest Glen Ave. in Massillon.
The police reports said Hambuechen called police from a pay phone at a nearby Fill and Go gas station to report the fire.
She told arriving officers that she lit her house on fire by piling clothes in the bedroom and living room and then lighting them with an orange and black lighter.
“She stated that the house was haunted and that the walls were moving, and that she wanted to be free of the home and the demons,” according to a report filed by Patrolman Brian Muntean.
Investigator Ron Winters of the Fire Department reported that the smoke detectors inside the house had been removed from the ceilings and placed on a chair.
Witnesses told police that Hambuechen left the house and sat on a lawn chair in the middle of the road directly outside of the house, appearing “to be watching it.”
Hambuechen remained in jail Tuesday morning, pending a hearing in Massillon Municipal Court. She was held in lieu of $50,000 bond.