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UPDATE: SB Police searching for woman who may have started house fire

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South Bend police are searching for a woman they believe started a house fire last night.  Crews were called out to the 1100 block of West Harvey Street late Monday night for a report of a house on fire.

Firefighters were worried about the fire spreading to a vacant home next door, but the fire chief tells us that it was under control in about 15 minutes.  South Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Catanzarite says, "The crews got a great attack on it and were able to bring the fire under control in a relatively quick fashion."  Catanzarite says everyone got out of the house and no one was injured in the fire.

Here's where it takes a turn:

Captain Phil Trent with South Bend Police says before the fire, there was some sort of argument between the man who lived there, 59 year old Dwane Laster, and a woman.

Trent says Laster asked her to leave and when she went outside, he wouldn't let her back in.  Trent says she then threatened to set the house on fire.  It seems she made good on the promise because police believe she set a couch on fire on the porch that spread through the front-end of the house.

Trent says officers searched extensively for her Monday night and were still looking for her Tuesday.  Her name isn't being released at this time, but she could be faces charges such as arson when she is caught.

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