Woman faces arson charge


NEW SHARON – A grand jury indicted a woman who had to be held back from rushing into her burning house for her cat last month on a charge of arson.

Christine Bissonnette, 41, of 51 Smith Road, was held back by family, friends and emergency medical responders March 17 after she arrived home and saw her house was on fire.

State fire investigators determined there was an intentional human element and multiple points of origin on three different levels in the house.

Bissonnette lived at the home with her husband, George Bissonnette and five children.

No one was home at the time the fire was discovered but a cat named Fluffy perished.