UPDATE: Woman accused of starting Dilworth garages on fire out on bail
DILWORTH, M.N. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The woman accused of setting garages at a Dilworth apartment complex on fire is out on bail.
Court documents say 32-year-old Briana Page was arrested Wednesday, April 27 for felony arson charges. Page was bailed out the same day she was arrested after a Judge set her bail at $0 with several conditions.
Page’s next hearing is scheduled for June 30.
Five months after flames broke out at in a set of garages at a Dilworth apartment complex, an arrest warrant for felony arson charges is out for a woman police say started it all.
32-year-old Briana Page is charged with both second and third-degree arson, as well a felony count of negligent fires. If convicted, Page could spend up to 10 years in prison on the most serious charge.
Fire crews were called to a fire at the Villa Apartments on 5th St. in Dilworth on Nov. 9, 2021 where a car was fully engulfed and had spread to the garages. Investigators spoke with a man who said Page had admitted to starting the fire.
Another witness told investigators that on the day of the fire, he and Page had driven around in the car and parked it where it later burned. The witness said a man approached and took the car keys, to which Page told the man that, ‘If you leave with those keys, I’m gonna burn this motherf***** down.’ The witness said they sat with page in the car for a few more minutes, when the witness stated they saw Page start a notebook on fire and throw it on the car seat. Documents say Page later stated she burned the car because it was going to get stolen and she wouldn’t get it back anyways.
Documents say in an interview with police, Page stated after the man had taken the keys, she put her lit cigarette in a book with thin paper and closed the book. She thought, ‘If it burns, it burns,’ documents state. Page stated she left the book in the car and was surprised at how big the fire got, documents say.
Court documents say the actual cash value to replace and fix the damaged property, minus depreciation, totaled $85,000.
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