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Homeless woman: I wanted to see how fast a mattress would burn

Women says she ignited mattress out of curiosity

By Greg Bock,
POSTED: April 22, 2010

A homeless woman has been charged with arson for allegedly setting the blaze late Tuesday that destroyed a Juniata apartment building.

Hope L. Neff, 35, is accused by city police of starting the fire in the attic of one of the two apartments because she was "experimenting" and wanted to see "how fast a mattress would burn," court documents note.

The fire, at 616 N. Fourth Ave., started about 9:45 p.m. and left at least five people homeless, including an expectant couple with a 2-year-old boy, neighbor Adam Morrill said. Morrill said he was leaving in his car with friends to go to the store when they noticed flames across the street.

"The fire just started when we pulled out, and you could see the flames coming out the right side [of the building]," said Trista Ada


Added: Apr-23-2010 Occurred On: Apr-22-2010
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: homeless woman, mattress, experimenting, arson,
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