Ex-girlfriend arrested after fire is ruled arson

CREATED Oct. 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct. 1, 2013

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WATERTOWN - A fire at an apartment complex Sunday morning in Watertown has been ruled arson.

The fire was called in around 2 a.m. on Sept. 29, and all residents escaped the apartment building. Multiple people were injured because they were forced to jump out a second-story window to escape.

A police officer on scene spoke with Trisha Krueger, who said she lived there with her boyfriend and kids, but that none of them were home. When police spoke with the boyfriend, he made comments that he was confident she was responsible. He showed them text messages from Krueger that threatened him with fire.

The man said she had been threatening to burn his stuff for a few days, and the text was only one of many he had received. The couple had reportedly broken up a few weeks before, and she was supposed to move out on Sept. 30.

When Krueger spoke with police later, she admitted to starting the fire in the master and children's bedrooms. She said she left the apartment door open so the other residents would see it, and would be able to get out safely. But she also said she was so mad, she didn't notice if anyone was in any of the other apartments.

Krueger has been charged with one count of arson of building and six counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, she could face up to 100 years in prison.

The Red Cross is helping out the people impacted by the fire.