Scare Tactic Leads to Fatal Fire

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Friday, December 22 2006 Dec 22, 2006 Friday, December 22, 2006 7:59:19 PM CST December 22, 2006 in News
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SPRINGFIELD - A local woman is accused of setting a mattress on fire and sparking an apartment blaze that killed her roommate. Police said Gail Tinkham, 45, told them she set fire to the mattress on a porch to scare her sister, who lived in an adjoining apartment. Officers said Tinkham was upset because her sister drank Tinkham's rum. Tinkham's roommate, 46-year-old Steve Kickham, died in the Dec. 15 blaze. Tinkham was charged Thursday with first-degree arson. She's in the Greene County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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