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Woman accused of setting house on fire after argument

BY DI STAFF | JULY 24, 2012 6:30 AM

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A local woman has been accused of setting a fire in a bedroom during a verbal argument.

Rebecca Rosenbaum, 61, 1035 Howell St., was charged Sunday with first-degree arson.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Rosenbaum and her husband were in a verbal argument throughout the morning. Later on, Rosenbaum started four small fires on the bed next to her, which her husband extinguished with water, the complaint said.

Rosenbaum started another fire on the bed that quickly expanded in the bedroom, which caught onto the clothes and a lampshade. She reportedly sustained minor burns to her hand and clothing and eventually called 911 because the fire got too large.

According to the complaint, Rosenbaum admitted her actions about the fire during an interview with investigators.

First-degree arson is a Class-B felony.

— by Jordyn Reiland


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