‘The devil made me do it’: Dorchester woman who set house on fire found not competent to stand trial

This is a photo of the Mora Street residence after the fire was extinguished. (Photo courtesy of Boston Fire Department)

BOSTON (WLNE) — A woman who was charged with arson after setting a house on fire last month was found not competent to stand trial in court on Friday.

A spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said 45-year-old Nikia Rivera will be committed to the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital.

Rivera was charged with arson of a dwelling in connection to a fire at 74 Mora St. in Dorchester on Dec. 27.

A witness told police that Rivera had told him “I’m sorry, I had to do it,” before fleeing the scene on foot.

Later, Rivera told officers “I had to do it. That house is haunted. I lit the house on fire.”

She also told police that the devil made her do it and there are ghosts in her house.

First responders rescued two elderly men from the building and one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

After she was booked, Rivera was evaluated at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, where she was found not competent to stand trial.

Rivera will return to court on Feb. 14.

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