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Investigators Look Into Possible Arson Of Council Bluffs Home

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Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- Police are looking into a possible case of arson after a woman was found standing outside of a burning home in Council Bluffs.  It happened just after 2 A.M. near 11th Street and 18th Avenue Thursday.  Police said the woman in custody had a previous relationship with the homeowner.

"We seen the fire and once they opened the door the flames just burst all over the place," said Rebecca Mallory, a neighbor who witnessed the fire.

"It's kind of a tragedy around here, all this stuff happening around the neighborhood," said Thomas Merksick, a neighbor who was awaken by rescue squad sirens.

Police and neighbors said an ex-girlfriend was in the backyard of the home watching it burn.

"We did question her about the fire and you could say she's a suspect and still probably is," said Sergeant Chad Meyers of the Council Bluffs Police Department.

Police arrested the woman for outstanding warrants separate from to the fire. She does not live in the home.  Neighbors wonder what could have caused that turmoil in the first place.

"He's been a peaceful guy, he never bugs anybody.  He's got two children or three or something like that.  But he never did anything to anybody," said Mallory, speaking of the homeowner.

The owner was not home when the fire started.  Rescue squads were able to keep the flame from spreading outside the bedroom. Neighbors said this isn't the first time crime has come to the area.

"The last couple years it's been getting bad around the neighborhood.  A lot of theft and lawnmowers and break-ins, garages and sheds.  I think it's just the younger crowd," said Merksick.

Neighbors say the owner had not been home for the past few days.  Police said the woman could be charged with first degree arson.  The fire is still under investigation.

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