Watertown woman accused of starting fire in apartment to stay warm now facing charges

Local News

A Watertown woman is accused of “starting a fire in a sink of her apartment using an accelerate of olive oil” in order to stay warm.

Police say before 55-year-old Kathy Rapholtz started the fire, she first removed smoke detectors, including two from a common hallway of the complex on Academy Street.

When smoke filled the hall and then other apartments, fire crews were called in.

Rapholtz has been charged with two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and is due in City Court to answer to the charges next month.

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