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Waterloo woman sets house on fire after man ‘broke her heart’

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- A Waterloo woman has been charged with arson after setting her ex-boyfriend's house on fire in late February.

On February 24, Waterloo Fire Rescue and police were called to 514 Ankeny Street for a house fire around 12:30 a.m.

When crews arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames.

No injuries in early morning Waterloo fire, authorities investigating

Police contacted Eric Hayes and his current girlfriend, who were not home at the time of the fire.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned, Hayes' former girlfriend Jameka Pritchard had threatened to set the house on fire just minutes before the fire started and has threatened to kill him in the past over relationship issues.

While talking to officers, Pritchard initially denied the accusations but eventually admitted to setting the house on fire because Hayes "broke her heart."

23 year-old Pritchard is charged with Arson in the 2nd degree.

Bail is set at $100,000.

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