A TENANT dissatisfied with her rented home made three attempts to set it on fire within a week, a court heard.

The fire service was called out to deal with fires which had been set at Kelly Rose’s home in South Moor, Stanley, on May 2 and 4.

But, Durham Crown Court was told that a slightly larger blaze took hold after Rose placed paper into her switched on toaster on top of a television set after 11.30pm, on May 7.

She calmly went into her back yard to watch the paper catch light in the toaster, while drinking from a can of lager.

Robin Patton, prosecuting, said the house is in a terrace, in Elm Street, and, as it was approaching midnight, some neighbours would have been asleep in bed.

An immediate neighbour was woken by his fire alarm as smoke started to seep into his property.

He had to fight his way through thick fumes on his staircase to safely evacuate his home and had to receive hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Mr Patton said Rose was arrested but could not give an explanation for the cause of the fire or why she had not rung the emergency services.

Her landlord described Rose as, “troublesome”, as she not only caused problems with other tenants, but she cost him thousands of pounds to repair the property and in loss of rent while the damage was repaired.

Rose, 51, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. Her previous offences include another arson, committed in 2009.

Vic Laffey, mitigating, said she was, “a disadvantaged woman, with a history of trauma, isolation and alcohol dependency.”

He told the court she has had previous abusive releationships, which sparked her heavy drinking and was behind her previous offence of arson.

But he added that while in custody, in Low Newton Women’s Prison, she has been able to address her alcohol issues and after the first few weeks no longer has the craving to drink.

Judge Ray Singh said it was a disturbing offence and, the fact that it was her second of arson, he considers she poses a risk of causing significant harm in future.

He, therefore, imposed an extended four-year prison sentence to be followed by four years subject to licence supervision.

It means Rose must serve at least two-thirds of the custodial element of the sentence before she is able to be considered for release by the Parole Board.

A restraining order prohibiting her from contacting or approaching her ex-landlord, for the next five years