Bail set for woman charged with arson in South Shore fire

Bail was set at $250,000 today for a 27-year-old woman accused of starting a fire this week that left five adults and a child injured.

Whitney Holmes, of the 2000 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with aggravated arson and domestic battery.

Police said she set her 24-year-old ex-boyfriend's couch on fire inside an apartment at the corner of 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Holmes was visiting a man she recently had broken up with when the two began to argue at his apartment, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said.

The fight turned physical and the man suffered a bite mark on his back, Pillsbury said.

After the man left his apartment, he saw Holmes leave the apartment building with a window fan in her hand that  previously was in his apartment, according to Pillsbury.

An arson investigation revealed that a window in the room where the fire began was open, providing oxygen to the flames, Pillsbury alleged.

Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Israel Desierto ordered Holmes, who police records said was a clothing store saleswoman, to be held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

In addition to the six initially reported injured, as many as six additional victims were treated.

The injuries were not serious, police and the Chicago Fire Department said at the time. 

Tribune reporter Naomi Nix contributed.

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