A Clinton woman was charged with arson Wednesday night in connection with a fire at her apartment at this multiunit building at 12 Roderick Road, according to officials. Maine Department of Public Safety photo

CLINTON — A Clinton woman was charged with arson Wednesday night following a fire at a Roderick Road apartment, police said.

Jamie Perry Clinton Police Department photo

Jamie Perry, 30, was arrested after officers found her behind a snowbank, where she was wrapped in a blanket. Perry reportedly told investigators she had started the fire because of a dispute with her landlord.

Perry was arrested on a Class A charge of arson and taken to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta. She was later released on $500 bail.

The incident began at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday when police and fire-rescue workers were called to an multi-unit apartment at 12 Roderick Road, according to a Facebook post Thursday by the Clinton Police Department. A downstairs neighbor had called 911 to report the smell of smoke coming from an upstairs unit.

Firefighters found a fire in the apartment and extinguished it, with no sign of the tenant. The fire caused moderate damage and tenants in the building, which had working smoke detectors, all got out safely, officials said.

Investigators determined the fire started in a kitchen stove in the apartment, and that it had been intentionally set.

A Clinton police officer found footprints and wagon tracks in the freshly fallen snow and sleet, leading away from the apartment.

The tracks led to the end of nearby Lyndsey Lane, where the tracks stopped at a snowbank. The officer found Perry covered in a blanket, lying on the ground behind the snowbank, police said.

Perry, who lived in the apartment where the fire happened, was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation due to exposure to the elements.

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