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Woman who set fire that burned down house pleads guilty to starting fire that damaged East Side laundry mat

A Buffalo woman previously accused in setting a fire that burned down a house in 2015 admitted Thursday morning that she started a blaze that damaged an East Side laundry mat two months ago.

Myweh Harris, 32, of Koons Avenue, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to arson in the fourth degree for setting a fire on March 12 at a laundry at 1440 E. Delavan. The plea also covers a trespassing charge connected to the case. She was arrested March 13.

A year ago Harris was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree arson in connection with a May 2015 house fire on Roebling Avenue. Four people lived in the house but they managed to escape and there were no injuries, although the fire caused an estimated $80,000 in damage.

Harris later admitted to burning a rag outside the house, which ignited the blaze that burned the building, and she was convicted of arson in the fifth degree. She was sentenced to treatment through mental health court at that time, according to prosecutors.

For this offense, Justice Penny M. Wolfgang indicated she was inclined to sending Harris to jail for a year. Sentencing is set for July 12.