Resident accused of fire at Arbor View Apartments
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The cause of that massive fire at Arbor View Apartments in D'Iberville is arson. That's according to authorities who revealed the news during a press conference at D'Iberville City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
The suspect accused of setting that fire is now behind bars, details were limited on the suspect, but officials say she's from California and worked in the service industry.
A little more than a week after that fast moving apartment fire and already authorities say arson is what caused it. The person, who stands accused of starting that fire, is 25-year-old Krystal Danielle Gonzalez a resident of one of the units that burned. Authorities have not released details as to what led Gonzalez allegedly starting the fire.
"Through our investigation, we developed a suspect we give the probable cause and underlying facts to a judge and he issued a warrant based upon those underlying facts. Ms. Gonzalez was arrested today without incident," said D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne.
Investigators say Gonzalez comes from California and lived with her boyfriend at the apartment. Victims who lived next to her say they saw her in passing, but never really spoke to her.
They never imagined their former neighbor would be accused of causing the destruction of everything they own.
"There are no words to describe somebody who would do something like that to somebody. Did she just not think about everybody else who lived there? Was she just thinking about herself," said victim Deanna Mcquillan.
While many residents say they'll move on they say they'll never forget. Though residents are working to build their lives back up, the work for investigators is still ongoing.
"To put it into an analogy of a football game, it's maybe half time. You know? So we have a lot more work to do. While we are pleased that we have progressed this far in the investigation, we still have a lot of work to do," said ATF agent Joel Lee.
Gonzalez is charged with first degree arson and is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under $2 million bond. If convicted, police say she faces a minimum of five years to a maximum of 20 years in prison and would have to pay restitution.
Attorney Michael Crosby is representing Gonzalez. He said authorities picked her up at his office just after 3pm Wednesday.
"She is and has been cooperating with investigators," Crosby told WLOX News. "She had met with them for many hours on at least two occasions."
Arbor View Apartments managers say they do background checks on all potential residents and if a criminal record pops up the applicant is denied.
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