WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Police say a Pennsylvania mother of two intentionally set her house on fire with her children still inside.

Authorities say they were called to the home in Kidder Township Feb. 10 in response to a possible mental health issue. Officers saw smoke coming from the home and grabbed fire extinguishers from their cars to put out the blaze.

An investigation revealed the 42-year-old woman had set other fires in her home over the past few days while her children were inside. Police say the woman tried to keep her daughter inside the home by choking her, but she was able to escape to a neighbor’s house.

The woman is facing multiple charges, including attempted homicide, arson and aggravated assault. She has been ordered held without bail.

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