Vine Street Fire Arrest Made

An arrest has been made in connection with the fire that engulfed the apartment complex at 1115 Vine Street in Burlington on New Years Day.

After conducting interviews and using forensic evidence analysis, investigators were led to 43-year-old Christine Marie Rice of Burlington. According to authorities, they suspect Rice was involved after talking with other residents who told them they all had a dispute with her.

The investigation revealed the use of an accelerant to fuel the fire which caused the building to go up in flames.

Damage is estimated at around $60,000 and is considered a total loss.

Rice is in the Des Moines County Jail on $250,000 bond pending a court appearance. She’s charged with 1st Degree Arson.

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