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HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a woman accused of setting a fire in a Hurricane trailer that killed her 31-year-old boyfriend.

Forty-three-year-old Stacy Barnard had been charged with first-degree felony arson for the New Year's Day fire, but the case was dropped earlier this week.

Barnard's attorney said Monday that state crime lab testing turned up no accelerants at the crime scene that would point to arson.

Police say Barnard was in the trailer when the fire was reported early the morning of Jan. 1. She got out, but David W. Neilson was later found dead inside.

Barnard had said she was burning candles when the rest of the trailer accidentally caught fire. But the arson charge was filed when a fire marshal dog indicated an accelerant on scene.

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