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Woman arrested for setting fire to own townhome

In addition to arson, Kapinus faces two drug-related charges

Published: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 4:13 p.m. CDT
(Photo courtesy of Coal City Fire Protection District)
Firefighters from four different departments were called upon to battle a townhome blaze in Diamond Thursday. The resident of the union was charged with deliberately setting the fire.

COAL CITY — A Diamond woman was arrested Thursday night after she allegedly started a fire in her home deliberately.

Deborah L. Kapinus, 47, of Diamond, was arrested on charges of arson, possession of a controlled substance, and bringing contraband into a penal institution.

At about 8 p.m. Thursday, the Coal City Fire Protection District responded to calls of smoke coming out of a townhome in the 400 block of Calkey Street in Diamond.

Firefighters saw smoke coming from the end unit of the townhomes and entered the residence, according to a release from the Coal City fire district. The firefighters were able to keep the fire in the area it had started, a second floor bedroom. Residents of the adjacent units were evacuated for about one hour and were allowed to return after power was restored to their units.

The fire was determined to have been intentionally set, following an investigation by Coal City Fire Protection District fire investigators, so Kapinus was arrested by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

No one was injured in the fire. Kapinus was the only person in the home at the time of the fire and was quickly evacuated, said Nick Doerfler, spokesperson for the fire department.

The woman was packing up belongings when she allegedly started a blanket on fire in her daughter’s bedroom, according to a spokesperson of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.

When Kapinus was transported to the Grundy County Jail, a half of a prescription pill was found in her purse, so she also was charged with possession of a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a penal institution, according to the police report.

The Coal City Fire Protection District was assisted by Wilmington, Braidwood, and Gardner fire protection districts.

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