Apple Valley Fire Raises More Questions Than Answers.

Apple Valley residents are left to wonder just what led a woman set fire to her house, after which she was seen stabbing herself with a screwdriver before leading police on a chase which finally came to an end in Eagan.

KARE 11's Mike Pomeranz reports that around 9 a.m. Apple Valley police were called out to the 47th block of 142nd St. W on a domestic call. Upon arrival police found the house in flames and a woman locked in her car, stabbing herself with a screwdriver.

When officers approached the car, the women took off, leading to a chase that ended in Eagan. When officers finally approached her car, they discovered that she now had a hammer and was pounding a screwdriver into her chest.

The woman was hospitalized for stab wounds as well as burns. The woman's husband, who was home at the time was also hospitalized for burns.

One Apple Valley man said that the whole incident surprises him. "Thiis is pretty quiet around here," he said. "We've been living here 12 or 13 years."

KSTP's Maggie Newland shed considerably more light on the situation, revealing the woman's name as Rhonda Arkley, her husband as Stuart Arkley, and interviewing Apple Valley police Sgt. John Bermel.

"A caller had reported that a woman who lives at the residence had been spreading gasoline around the residence, and had been threatening to kill herself," he said.

Interestingly, Newland's report mentions that many of Arkley's neighbors believe she is an atheist, as she and her son had prostested in 2002 the use of the word "God" in the the Boy Scout oath. Adding another layer of intrigue to the story, Arkley's sons, 22, was found dead in his bedroom several weeks ago. His death is still under investigation.

Two of Arkley's other children live at the house, but where in school at the time of the fire.

Police have reportedly been called out to the residence about half a dozen times in the last eight years for "domestic situations."

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