North Pole house fire determined to be arson
A structure fire in North Pole earlier this year was caused by arson according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers have charged Lisa Grace, 40, with second degree arson, first degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence after she allegedly started a fire in her ex-boyfriend’s house.
Grace called 911 to report the fire and that she was trapped inside the residence. Fire personnel were able to remove her and take her to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Grace accused the homeowner of starting the fire. According to charging documents she told investigators that he left the house and then within 30 seconds she heard the smoke detector and saw flames.
The home owner said that Grace and he were in a relationship and that they had broken up earlier. They had gotten in a fight and told Grace that she had to leave the house. He left the house and received a call from his ex-wife that his house was on fire.
Troopers investigating the incident where able confirm the home owner’s story but not the story of Grace.
According documents Grace also deleted emails during the investigation. They also say she did not attempt to exit the burning house from an open window in the room she was in.
The homeowner estimated the damage to the house to be over $100,000.