ANACONDA, Mont. — Police have arrested a woman in connection with a house fire in western Montana, and investigators say she also is a “person of interest” in another fire that gutted a historic mansion.

The Montana Standard reports https://goo.gl/FAP7CD 48-year-old Kellie Olson was arrested Sunday on an arson charge stemming from Saturday’s fire on East Front Street in Anaconda. Police Chief Tim Barkell says investigators also are trying to determine if she started a fire Friday night that burned the 1894 Shields Mansion on Main Street.

Owner Vince Reece says the mansion had been empty for eight years and he was renovating it. He says there was no electricity in the house and lighting has been ruled out as a cause.

A third suspicious fire in Anaconda started at the KANA AM radio station Monday morning, after Olson was arrested.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the fire at the Shields Mansion started Friday night.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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