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Police believe a woman who died in a West Valley City house fire early Monday was targeted by her daughter.
The victim was identified the woman as 64-year-old Kathie Thomas, according to a West Valley City Police Department news release.
Fire crews responded to the home at 3710 S. 6946 West (Bonnie Arlene Drive), about 12:30 a.m., where they saw heavy flames pouring from a bedroom window on the house's upper floor.
Firefighters discovered Thomas' body upstairs and rescued a man from the basement. The man was not injured, the release said, and three other residents had escaped the fire. One more resident was not at home at the time. One of the people at the house when police arrived was 46-year-old Loralie Kathie Querbach, also known as Loralie Thomas, the victim's daughter and a suspect in the case, police said.
Neighbors reported hearing a woman screaming inside the home shortly before crews arrived.
Police believe Querbach set the fire "with the intention of killing her mother," the news release said.
When police contacted Querbach, she "made a spontaneous statement saying that she confessed," according to a probable cause statement. When investigators interviewed her at the police station, Querbach said she started the fire in front of her mother's bedroom, "knowing [Thomas] could not get out of her door or window," according to the statement. Querbach also allegedly told police she knew four other people were sleeping in the home, but she made "no effort to wake them up and warn them of the fire," though they were not injured.
The police investigation confirmed that the origin and cause of the fire were consistent with Querbach's story, the statement said.
She has been booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, aggravated arson and four counts of attempted aggravated murder. She is being held in lieu of $1 million.
Court records show that Loralie Thomas, also identified as Loralie Kathie Querbach, has a history of misdemeanor-level drug, disorderly conduct and shoplifting charges.
Querbach also has a history of domestic violence. She pleaded guilty to class B misdemeanor child abuse in March 2016 . Querbach was convicted of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, after beating her sister, who lived with her, with a belt in 2012. She was also convicted of a class B misdemeanor assault involving domestic violence in 2011.
The house sustained $150,000 in damage.