Va. Beach woman pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to arson

Anita Holcombe (Photo courtesy: Virginia Beach Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A woman entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to arson Wednesday in Virginia Beach.

Fire department officials say 60-year-old Anita Holcombe was alone at her Pewter Road home on Jan. 26 when the fire started. A neighbor called 911 after seeing smoke and fire.

Woman charged with arson admits to starting fire at Va. Beach home

Holcombe, who owns the home with her husband, was outside when firefighters got to the scene. Fire officials said she admitted to starting the fire.

A K-9 reportedly found traces of gasoline in three bedrooms inside the house.

Holcombe has a review set for Aug. 9.