Woman jailed for trying to enter burning home

Flames engulfed a house on SW Seventh Street in Newport on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31. Fire crews from multiple agencies responded to the blaze. (Photo by Madeline Shannon)

NEWPORT — A fire broke out Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, at a home in the 800 block of Southwest Seventh Street, and police ended up arresting a woman for reportedly interfering with firefighters during that incident. 

Josie Waterman, apparently a resident of the house, was arrested after she attempted to enter the building several times to retrieve personal items from the burning structure. Despite warnings from firefighters and law enforcement officers on the scene, she continued to flout officials’ commands to stop entering the burning house. She was arrested and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of interfering with a firefighter, a class A misdemeanor. She was not listed on the Lincoln County Jail inmate roster as of Monday morning. 

Firefighters are still investigating the fire, and as of press time, they had not yet issued a statement as to the cause. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, and there is not yet information about the monetary damage of the incident.

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