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Homeless woman sets fire in bathroom of 13th Street Wawa

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Diane Denise Thompson, 50, was arrested early this morning after allegedly setting a fire in the women’s restroom at the Wawa at 2305 NW 13th Street.

The fire alarm at Wawa went off at 4:00 a.m., alerting employees to a fire in the women’s restroom that caused approximately $3,000 in damage to the floor, wall, ceiling, and toilet paper dispenser. The building was occupied by both employees and customers at the time.

Surveillance video reportedly showed Thompson entering the restroom at 3:48 a.m. and leaving at 3:53 a.m. The video did not show anyone else entering or exiting the restroom during that period. Thompson was located sitting across the street at the intersection of NW 23rd Avenue and NW 13th Street.

Post Miranda, Thompson reportedly admitted to starting the fire, saying she lit some napkins in a paper cup to start the fire because an employee called her a “motherf***er.” Thompson is listed as homeless on the arrest report, with an address of GRACE Marketplace. She has been charged with first-degree arson of a building with people present.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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