PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. — A resident of Sedalia is facing a felony arson charge after allegedly setting the side of a home in Sedalia ablaze last week.

A probable cause statement filed in a Pettis County courtroom Friday indicates that officers were called to a residence on South Gentry Avenue Thursday, May 10 to reports of a home on fire.

After officers arrived at the scene and extinguished the flames, the remains of two red gas cans were recovered in the area of the blaze. Police also observed a strong odor of gasoline during and after the fire.

A witness told police they had seen Betty Jo Carver-Brewer, 68, fleeing the scene just after f. The fire was extinguished fairly quickly and caused mostly cosmetic damage to the siding of the home.

When officers approached Carver-Brewer, she told them she was purchasing burn cream for a sunburn from working in her garden. An officer observed that her hair was singed slightly, to which Carver-Brewer replied that she had burned it on a grill at a residence she was in the process of moving into. Investigators did not find a grill at that location.

Carver-Brewer is now charged with a single felony count of first degree arson. A warrant has been issued for her arrest, valued at $50,000, cash or surety.

Future court dates have not yet been set.