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Report: Chesnee homeowner masterminded arson plan

Gina Campsen (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Gina Campsen (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
CHESNEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg County woman has bonded out of jail, accused of planning an arson fire at her own home. Gina Campsen of Boiling Springs was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of arson, making false insurance claims to obtain benefits for fire loss.

The woman was released from the Spartanburg County Detention Center after appearing before a magistrate Monday morning.

The fire at Campsen's home happened on Oct. 22, 2013. That is when Boiling Springs firefighters got a call that the home on Chandler Downs Trail was on fire. Campsen was out of town at the time and her parents were watching the home for her. The incident report indicates when Campsen's mother and young daughter stopped by to feed their cat, they saw heavy smoke inside.

Firefighters called investigators when they noticed several separate fires burning in the home's bedrooms. That included in the master bedroom, where the incident report said they found "fire damage on the bed which had some extension onto the wall."

In a child's room, there was "a pile of clothes and other items in the middle of the floor which had also been burned."

Investigators also noted in their report that the home was in disarray. Campsen's mother indicated several items were missing, including televisions and laptop computers.

The family's cat was also missing but turned up a couple of days after the fire. The cat, Toby, was dropped off at the home of Campsen's parents in a cat carrier taken from the burned home. The deputy noted in his report that the discovery of the cat meant that the person "who entered her residence had knowledge of her family."

Within days of the fire, police arrested David Freeman and Joanne Kennedy. They both remain at the Spartanburg County Detention Center on burglary, grand larceny and arson charges. Campsen named them as possible suspects early in the investigation. She indicated she knew them and that they were aware she would be out of town. Freeman and Kennedy were questioned and arrested.

Later in November, both Kennedy and Freeman asked to speak to investigators.

The incident report states that they both implicated Campsen as the mastermind of the arson plan. They admitted to their part in the arson and burglary, saying that Campsen called him and confirmed he would do it and that the back door would be left open.

Freeman told investigators that they talked about him "burning her house so she could get the insurance money." Kennedy said the conversation happened when they were driving together in a car to get pills.

Campsen also admitted to investigators that she had been talking about him about buying 100 Lortab pills in the days leading up to the fire.

Investigators also indicate they spoke to other people related to Freeman who indicated Campsen spoke about burning her house down over the last several months. They say she also asked Freeman to burn the house down for her and that he "eventually agreed to it."

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