A Nikiski woman is being charged with arson after a mobile home went up in flames last week, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse on March 2.
On Feb. 27, Ivory Trenton, 27, was one of several people standing outside of unit #66 in the Nikiski Village mobile home park, watching the residence burn as troopers and firefighters arrived on scene.
According to the affidavit, other witnesses on scene indicated that Trenton allegedly started the fire. Trenton initially refused to answer questions from the troopers about the fire and was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle while the investigation continued.
While troopers interviewed other witnesses, Trenton allegedly slipped her hands out of the handcuffs and removed the backseat camera from the patrol vehicle. Troopers then handcuffed Trenton a second time and placed her in a second patrol vehicle. At that time, she allegedly slipped through her handcuffs again, removed her clothes, and lit them on fire in the back of the patrol vehicle. Troopers were able to extinguish the fire and transported Trenton to Central Peninsula Hospital, according to the affidavit.
The fire marshal’s investigation determined that the fire was not accidental and was caused by a person setting the living room couch on fire.
Trenton faces one count of second-degree arson, a class B felony, one count of third-degree arson, a class C felony, one count of third-degree assault, a class C felony, one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of reporting false information, a class A misdemeanor.