Evansville Woman Arrested for Theft and Arson of Elberfeld Home

An Evansville woman was arrested over the weekend after the Indiana Department of Homeland Security says she was found at the scene of a house fire attempting to flee in the homeowner's vehicle.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 3:58 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 12:23 PM

New information is being released on a house fire that happened in Warrick County on Saturday.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says 39-year-old Jennifer York of Evansville was arrested at the scene of the house fire on Saturday after rescue crews found her inside the homeowner's vehicle trying to flee the scene.

Also found in the vehicle was the homeowner's cell phone, cash, and "a collection of oatmeal pies taken from the home without permission," according to an arrest report.

Investigators from the Indiana State Fire Marshal and Warrick County Sheriff's Office discovered York had allegedly set the fire and wrongfully acquired the homeowner's vehicle and other personal possessions.

During an interview with investigators, York first said the fire was an accident and the result of a cleaning liquid igniting on the stairs, according to IDHS.

After further questioning, however, IDHS says York allegedly admitted to setting the home’s basement stairs on fire with a homemade incendiary device. Investigators say she also filmed the event with the intention of sharing the video on social media.

Firefighters from the Elberfeld Fire Department successfully extinguished the fire.

York is currently being held in the Warrick County jail with a bond set at $7,505 cash.

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