A woman two police officers rescued from a burning apartment Thursday is accused of setting fire to her apartment building, throwing burning paper towels at another woman, attacking a police officer at the hospital and then damaging his cruiser, according to Jackson Township police.
Deborah L. Rearick, 21, of Apt. 12 at 2830 Thackeray Ave. NW, was pulled from her burning three-story apartment building, taken to the hospital for treatment and then arrested on multiple felony charges, according to Stark County Jail records and firefighters at the scene.
Two township police officers responding to the fire at 3 p.m. Thursday crawled through a smoke-filled apartment to get Rearick, who was on the kitchen floor.
Acting police Chief Ty Bissler said Thursday that the smoke was heavy, and that they had to back out of the building a couple of times “to get fresh air.”
Rearick was treated at Aultman Hospital for minor injuries, released and then booked into the Stark County Jail.
“It was an intentionally set fire,” Jackson Township Fire Chief Tracy Hogue said Friday.
He said Rearick admitted to starting the blaze. The motive remained unknown.
During the incident, Rearick threw several burning paper towels at a care giver, according to a media release from the police department.
The fire was contained to Rearick’s apartment, but seven other people had been evacuated as firefighters put out the fire, the jail records said.
No one else was transported to the hospital, police said Friday. Damage to the apartment was estimated to be less than $10,000.
The records said that Rearick resisted arrest at the hospital, assaulted a police officer there and damaged a police cruiser.
Rearick was jailed on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge and felony charges of aggravated arson, felonious assault, assault on a peace officer and vandalism.
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