“Fire crews made an intense search for the resident while the fire was still burning intensely,” read an affidavit. “While searching for Josie, the stairs to the second floor collapsed creating significant dangers to the firefighters completing searches and fire extinguishment.”
Crews were unable to find Rector at the scene.
During an investigation fire examiners noted multiple fires were set inside the house as well as fire patterns that were consistent with the use of an ignitable liquid accelerant, according to court documents. The fire was determined to be set intentionally and ruled an aggravated arson.
Later the same day, Rector went to the Dayton Police Department and told an officer and fire investigator she intentionally set her house on fire, according to court documents.
“Rector told officer (Brian) Spencer that she stole gas from her neighbor and poured it on the walls and down the stairs to set the fire, which was consistent with the fire investigators’ ruling,” the affidavit read.
She was arrested and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail. Rector is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon.