Fairfield woman charged with arson

Jessica Manchester, 32, of Fairfield, Iowa (Source: Jefferson Co. Jail)

CORRECTION: This story initially said First Degree Arson is a Class "A" Felony. It is a Class "B" Felony punishable by up to 25 years.

A Fairfield woman has been charged with a felony after starting a fire in an apartment complex.

Jessica Manchester, 32, of Fairfield, was arrested just after 12:30 p.m. on August 7 at the Fairfield Park II Apartments on Monroe Avenue.

KTVO spoke with Fairfield Chief of Police David Thomas who told us that Manchester is accused of starting a fire in a washing machine in the laundry room at the apartment complex.

The building consists of 8 apartments which were occupied at the time, and Manchester was charged with 1st degree arson of an occupied structure, a Class “B" felony.

Chief Thomas said the investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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