Watertown woman sets fire to ex-boyfriend's apartment

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 --- 11:30pm

A mattress and some clothes are the only things not damaged in Ian Dwyer's Watertown apartment, after a fire destroyed much of his apartment building on North Fourth Street early Sunday morning.

"It's just been a nightmare and a circus all at once” Dwyer tells NBC 15.

And the fire all started with an act of revenge. Trisha Krueger, 28, admitted to intentionally started the fire. A criminal complaint says she did it to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend.

"She could have literally killed everybody in this building” says Dwyer.

Two people, in a second floor apartment, jumped to safety. A third person was rescued by firefighters. All three are expected to be okay. Dwyer was able to save his dog, but lost several fish.

All together there are six apartments in the building and sadly none of the tenants have renters insurance. Dwyer says it's a tough lesson to learn.

"You'll never hear me say I don't have renters insurance again” he says

Krueger faces arson and six counts of endangering safety. If convicted, she faces up to $25,000 in fines and/or 10 years in prison.

As for Dwyer and the other tenants, they're simply taking it day by day. “It's gonna take me years to rebuild to where I was. But, in the end I will” he says.

The owner of the building tells NBC 15 it could be several months before tenants are able to return to their apartments.