Woman charged with arson after fourplex fire in Crouch

kterhune@idahostatesman.comJuly 3, 2013 

A woman wanted for starting a fire at a fourplex in Crouch was arrested in Ada County Tuesday evening.

Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Lindsay Shea Sundquist, 28, on a warrant for felony first-degree arson.

Sundquist is wanted in connection with a May 27 fire that burned the apartment building where she lived, Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber said.

The fire began at 1:19 a.m.

The woman was the only one home at the time of the fire, he said. Two of the units were empty, and the other occupant was not in their apartment that night.

Roeber declined to say why investigators believed Sundquist had sparked the blaze.

“Through the investigation, we concluded that Ms. Sundquist had started the fire,” he said.

According to Idaho statutes, a person must damage a structure "willfully and unlawfully, by fire or explosion" to qualify for a first-degree arson charge.

Still, the sheriff declined to speculate whether Sundquist had started the fire on purpose, saying only that the investigation had found enough evidence for the first-degree charge.

Because Boise County does not have its own jail, Sundquist will remain in the Ada County Jail. She is scheduled for a video arraignment later Wednesday.

If convicted of first-degree arson, Sundquist could face up to 25 years in prison.

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