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Woman arrested for allegedly stabbing another woman, setting fire to home

An Andover woman allegedly stabbed another woman in this home and set it on fire, authorities said.

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An Andover woman allegedly stabbed another woman in this home and then set it on fire, authorities said.

An Andover woman was arrested by Lawrence police Saturday morning after allegedly stabbing another woman in her home on Haverhill Street in Lawrence and setting the house on fire, according to police.

Yohanna Estrella, 34, of Andover, is being charged after allegedly stabbing the woman in the upper abdomen and then setting the fire, said Lieutenant Daniel Fleming.

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Fleming said Estrella and the victim “were in a dating relationship,” and they had been arguing early Saturday.

The victim was stabbed once before Estrella set the apartment’s couch on fire, according to Sergeant Shawn Quaglietta.

Firefighters found the victim, a 38-year-old woman, when they arrived at the four-family home at 638 Haverhill St. about 6:30 a.m. to battle the three-alarm blaze, according to Lawrence Fire Department’s Deputy Chief John McInnis.

The woman, who has not been identified, was in stable condition when she was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, said McInnis.

Quaglietta said the victim’s relatives had told police that she is expected to recover.

Three Lawrence firefighters were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries and released, McInnis said. Twelve residents were displaced, he said.

“There was heavy damage on the first and second floors including the attic area,” McInnis said. “The home is nonoccupiable.”

One dog died in the fire and another dog was taken for treatment to the MSPCA in Methuen, McInnis said. Firefighters rescued two cats and one rabbit from the home, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, McInnis said. Officials are trying to determine whether the smoke detectors were properly functioning at the home, he said.

Fleming said Estrella is charged with arson of a dwelling house, assault and battery on a household member, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery with intent to murder. She is to be arraigned this week in Lawrence District Court, said Essex District Attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Globe correspondent Derek J. Anderson contributed to this report. Laura Gómez can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @Laura_GomezRod.
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