LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A woman suspected as a serial arsonist was charged Thursday with setting seven fires in El Segundo last week.

According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Barbara Nania, 63, of El Segundo was charged with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism.

Nania was taken into custody Tuesday at a traffic stop located in the 400 block of Main Street. Officers said they recognized her from committing arson on surveillance video that was released Monday.

The criminal complaint stated that Nania is charged with starting fires at a yarn store, a nail salon, and two dumpster fires.

According to Deputy District Attorney Sean Carney, Nania is also responsible for burning church robes inside a Catholic church and setting fire to the lobby of an Episcopal church while services were being held.

Luckily, no one was injured by any of the fires that were set.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors recommended Nania’s bail be set at $775,000. She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Los Angeles.

If convicted, she faces up to 13 years and four months in state prison.


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