By Scott Bowlen
Ketchikan Daily News 

Ketchikan apartment fire results in arson arrest


January 25, 2024

Christopher Mullen

Smoke rises from a window of an apartment building in the 100 block of Inman Street above the Thomas Basin area of Ketchikan on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. Crews from the Ketchikan Fire Department, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire.

A Ketchikan woman faces a felony charge of first-degree arson after allegedly setting several small fires in her apartment before leaving the multi-unit building located on the 100 block of Inman Street on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters responded quickly to a report of smoke coming from the eaves of the building and were able to contain the fire to the one apartment, according to Ketchikan Fire Department information. There were no injuries.

Belinda Nelson, 42, was taken into custody later in the day, and, on Sunday morning, participated telephonically in a first felony appearance hearing be...

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