- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MANCHESTERR, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a woman has admitted setting a neighbor’s house on fire, a blaze that eventually caused the death of a man who lived in a nearby home.

Ocean County prosecutors say 66-year-old Dianna Wills, of Manchester, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated arson and manslaughter charges stemming from the April 7 blaze. But a motive for the arson hasn’t been disclosed.

A woman who lived in the home where the fire started safely escaped. But her five dogs were trapped inside and died.

The home was destroyed by the blaze, which also damaged the neighboring home of 62-year-old Steven Kundin. He was hospitalized with smoke inhalation injuries and died nearly two months later.

Willis faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 29.

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