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Woman accused of setting fires at Hartwell multi-family home

Karen Honaker (Provided by the Hamilton County jail) Karen Honaker (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
HARTWELL, OH (FOX19) -

An apartment resident is accused of setting fires in her building last month.

Karen Honaker, 55, was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated arson. Her bond was set at $20,000 bond in a brief court appearance Friday.

According to court records, Honaker intentionally set multiple fires inside occupied the multi-family apartment on or about Oct. 26. Her address is listed as the same location.

Firefighters responded to the residence twice in 72 hours.

In one of the fires, she knowingly created a substantial risk of serious physical harm to Michael Rouse, Cincinnati fire Lt. Dan Wolf wrote in court records.

Honaker was arrested after authorities took statements from victims, conducted an on-scene investigation and "an admission by the defendant to intentionally setting the fires," a criminal complaint states.

No one was hurt in the blazes, fire officials have said. Damage was set at $5,000 for one and $1,000 on the other.

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