Apartment fire ruled arson, suspect in custody
WATERTOWN -- Saturday night was a typical evening for Watertown's Christina Grim. But it didn't stay that way for long.
The entire backside second-floor of her building was on fire. People jumped out of windows and off the deck to escape. One person crashed through these ground-level doors and fell into the basement.
Christina noticed her elderly neighbor wasn't outside yet.
"He couldn't breathe and when he woke up, his apartment was full of smoke," Grim said. "Thank God they got him out of there in time that they did."
Three people were taken to different hospitals for smoke inhalation and broken bones, but no one was killed.
"She seemed like a nice girl, I know she has some issues with her boyfriend," Grim said. "People have issues, but that's pretty extreme measure to go to when you're mad at somebody."
Neighbors say Krueger and her boyfriend have young daughter, but she was with her grandparents at the time. Krueger now faces felony arson and recklessly endangering safety charges.
"If that would have been earlier in the morning, closer to four, five o'clock when nobody was up at the time to notice the fire, potentially a lot of people would have died in that fire," Michalek said.
"You think you know somebody and then something like this happens and they just blow you out of the water."
Krueger was in Jefferson County court Monday morning. A judge set bail at $20,000. Krueger pleaded not guilty.