Shippensburg woman charged in apartment fire

A Shippensburg area woman has been charged with felony counts of arson and risking a catastrophe for setting the fire that destroyed the apartment building where she lived, state police said.

Kathy Wright, 37, was arrested Wednesday and sent to Franklin County Prison on $50,000 bail.

Wright faces two counts of arson for the Oct. 16 fire at 7674 Molly Pitcher Highway in Southampton Township; one for intentionally destroying an occupied building and another that accuses her of setting the fire to collect insurance, according to court records.

She also faces counts of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, possession of instruments of crime, and insurance fraud.

Authorities said their investigation is ongoing and other arrests may be pending.

State police fire marshal Jeffrey Sarver said last week that the fire was ruled arson after a green plastic soda bottle that apparently contained gasoline was found in a living room.

The fire destroyed two apartments, a rear office, and a two-car garage in the building. Wright lived in one of the apartments with her 12-year-old daughter. The other apartment was vacant.

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