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Woman arrested in trailer fire

A woman remained in the Nevada County jail Sunday night after three deputies were injured rescuing her from the burning mobile home she denied them entrance to after allegedly setting it afire.

According to Sgt. Frank Koehler of the Sheriff’s Office, Janie E. Gilman, 52, of North San Juan was seen throwing knives at imaginary people on her property by her neighbors on Saturday. The neighbors called deputies to her mobile home spot on School Street.

When the deputies arrived, “she locked herself inside and refused to come out,” Koehler said. They then began to notice black smoke coming from the mobile home and heard Gilman coughing.



The deputies decided to break in the home to save Gilman but could not initially find her, Koehler said. They finally found her hiding inside a closet and allegedly had to restrain her in order to escape the blaze.

All three suffered smoke inhalation, Koehler said. They also suffered cuts on their hands from breaking glass in order to enter and vent the building.




Deputies Mike Walsh, Ray Kress and Justin Martin were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, where they were treated and released, Koehler said. They managed to save the mobile home from destruction.

Gilman was also taken to the hospital where she was evaluated by the county behavioral health department before being jailed, Koehler said. Gilman was at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for suspicion of causing a fire that caused great bodily injury on a bail of $25,000.


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