One Person Charged in Setting Apartment on Fire

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One Person Charged in Setting Apartment on Fire

For immediate release: December 21, 2012

WHEN: December 21, 2012

WHERE: 900 block of Gibbon Street

WHO: Alexandria Fire Department

WHAT: Alexandria Fire Marshals and Police have charged a woman for setting several fires in an Alexandria apartment building. Beatrice Thompson, 20, a City resident, was arrested on Friday December 21. Thompson is being charged with one count of burning or destroying dwelling house while occupied.

At approximately 12:56am the Alexandria Fire Department responded to the 900 block of Gibbon Street for a reported apartment fire. Initial 911 calls reported a person setting fires in an apartment. Arriving firefighters encountered light smoke escaping through the front door of one of the apartments in a garden apartment building. An investigation of the scene by fire investigators determined that several fires had been set inside an occupied apartment. Thompson was stopped a short distance from the scene and later charged with setting the fires.

Damage to the apartment unit is estimated at $15,000. There were no reported injuries. One occupant of the apartment was relocated by the property management company to another unit. The incident remains under investigation.

For more information, contact Robert B. Rodriguez, Chief Fire Marshal / Community Services Officer / Alexandria Fire Department, at 703.746.5217 or