Burned Down Garage Facebook – A woman tried to burn down the house of a long-time friend who defriended her on Facebook but only got to destroy the detached garage, police say. Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, Iowa, has been charged with first-degree arson and is being held in the Polk County Jail.
Harris allegedly tried to burn down the home of old friend Nikki Rasmussen while Nikki and her husband Jim were sleeping. The fire broke out in a detached garage at 1am on October 27 at the Rasmussens’ home, officials said.
The police report says the fire caused a popping sound which was followed by a ‘boom.’ The couple were woken up by sound and they managed to escape as the siding on their house started melting from the heat of the fire.
The roof collapsed on the cars parked inside and other items stored there were ruined. No one was injured in the blaze, but the garage was destroyed.
When police asked Jim Rasmussen if anyone had a grudge against them he gave them the name Jennifer ‘Jen’ Harris, desmoinesregister.com reports. He told officers: ‘The two are no longer friends due to a dispute over Facebook.
Police Detective Jack Kamerick said the dispute involved ‘Facebook issues and kept building and building and text messages that were sent.’ According to Nikki, Jen is angry with her because she ended their friendship on Facebook.’
Nikki told desmoinesregister.com that her relationship with Harris ended when she, ‘said horrible things about me on Facebook.’
Harris, who is being held on a $100,000 bond, works as a teacher’s associate at Smouse Elementary School in Des Moines. A spokesman for the school district said that she was placed on unpaid leave on Tuesday.