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Accused arsonist gets competency exam

Noelle Bilbrough is charged with setting 10 fires in her Frankford neighborhood.

Accused arsonist gets competency exam


The Frankford woman accused of setting 10 fires in her neighborhood in April and May will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if she is mentally competent to understand and assist in her own defense.

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Marsha H. Neifield ordered the competency exam Wednesday at what was supposed to have been a preliminary hearing for Noelle Bilbrough, 35.

Neifield scheduled a status check for June 5.

Bilbrough was arrested May 22 and charged with the 10 blazes, all of which were set within a mile radius of each other. One of Bilbrough’s alleged blazes destroyed three rowhouses on Kinsey Street near Hedge Street, forcing the relocation of five residents.

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