A La Crosse woman spent the weekend in jail after she was accused of trying to set her apartment on fire Thursday by leaving a rolling pin on top of a hot stove.

Rachel L. Page, 46, was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Friday after police say they responded to a suspicious fire at her apartment on the 800 block of State Street at 7:23 p.m. the night before.

According to the police report, they found nothing but magazines, papers and a burned rolling pin on the stove, and Page was nowhere to be found.

Rachel Page


After speaking with the property owner, officers learned Page and the landlord had been having problems recently after the landlord said she attempted to clean by dumping water down the walls and on the floors, which leaked into the building’s basement.

The landlord told police he had evicted Page and she was to move out this weekend. He estimated the damage to the floors from the water at $1,300 and said he would need to replace the stove at an estimated $600.

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Page was found near the property the next morning and arrested on charges of arson, criminal damage to property and felony bail jumping.

While she has not yet been charged, Page was released Monday on a $2,500 signature bond by Judge Gloria Doyle. Page is expected back in court Wednesday to be charged in this and another pending case.

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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.


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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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