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Woman charged with arson in boutique blaze

February 5, 2019 GMT

A Fort Wayne woman who set a fire on a college campus in 2017 is charged with setting another one in November at a store where she worked. 

Brittney Ellert, 32, set fire to a trash can inside a parking garage at IPFW, now Purdue University Fort Wayne, on Aug. 26, 2017. She pleaded guilty last year to institutional criminal mischief and criminal recklessness and was sentenced to probation. 

A judge also ordered her to pay nearly $18,000 to the college, court records show. 

Ellert allegedly set fire Nov. 29 to “plastics and other common combustibles” on the floor of a common storage area at Touma’s Bridal Boutique on Coldwater Road, causing more than $11,000 in damage, according to court documents. 

She was charged with arson Monday in Allen Superior Court and faces up to 12 years in prison if she is convicted. A warrant was issued for her arrest. 

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