Woman accused of setting Burlington apartment fire

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A 43-year-old woman is accused of setting a New Year’s Day apartment fire that trapped residents and injured six people in Burlington, Iowa.

The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. January 1, 2014 at a six-unit apartment building in the 1100 block of Vine Street.  Two firefighters and four residents were injured, and firefighters battled brutal cold to rescue 10 people trapped inside the burning building.

The building was considered a total loss.

Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set, and that an accelerant was used to fuel the fire.

A spokesman for the Burlington Police Department said they arrested Christine Marie Rice, 43, of Burlington, in connection with the investigation.

Burlington Police Lt. Jeff Klein said Rice was charged with felony first-degree arson.

Rice was held in the Des Moines County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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