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Woman charged in car fire case

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Kimberly Pollock (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office) Kimberly Pollock (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Camden County Sheriff's Office)

AKingsland woman is charged with third-degree arson and filing a fraudulentinsurance claim in connection with a 2013 car fire.

Kimberly Pollock, 37, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree arson and filing a fraudulent insurance claim. OnMay 27, 2013, a Honda Accord on fire was reported the parking lot of theIngleside Apartment complex in Kingsland.

CamdenCounty Fire Rescue responded and extinguished the fire. It was determined that thefire was not electrical there was no power to the car at the time, according tothe Camden County Sheriff's Office.

Whenfirefighters got to the engine compartment to disconnect the battery they foundthat the positive terminal was already disconnected. Firefighters willtypically disconnect the battery when dealing with incidents involving carfires, according to the sheriff's office.

Dep.Greg Jackson of Camden County Sheriff's Office, who is also a firefighter andarson investigator, found there was an empty bottle of Sea Foam fuel with thelid removed near the car.

SeaFoam fuel is a motor treatment that is used in gas and diesel engines to cleaninjectors, carburetor jets, stabilize fuel, etc. and is considered highlyflammable. Firefighters advised that the bottle fell out of the vehicle whenthey opened the door to fight the fire.

Jacksondetermined that the burn patterns inside the car looked suspicious and believedthat it had been intentionally set, according to the CCSO. There was evidenceof accelerant usage based on heat damage to the interior roof of the car andthe pour patterns located on the seat, the door and map pocket of thedoor. 

Thesheriff's office said Pollock gave several conflicting statements to State FarmInsurance agents and the CCSO. She had stated that she got the car back fromher mechanic about a week before the fire.

Shetold State Farm that she tried to start the car after she got it back, but itwould not start. Then later she said she drove the car once after she got itback, according to the CCSO. She told the CCSO that she did not drive the carafter she got it back, only that she tried to start it the day of the fire.

Themechanic who worked on the car was interviewed. He told investigators that hetowed the car back to Pollock. He said the engine was in the condition that itwas found on the day of the fire and he stated that the car was not in operablecondition when it was returned to Pollock.

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