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Woman allegedly set Freeman home ablaze because she was 'mad at someone'

Firefighters work the scene of a house fire Monday afternoon south of Freeman. (Photo courtesy of the Freeman Courier)

FREEMAN — A Sioux Falls woman allegedly admitted she started a fire on Monday that destroyed her father's home because she was "mad at someone."

At 11:06 a.m., Freeman firefighters responded to a structure fire at a residence located at 28237 U.S. Highway 81, approximately four miles south of Freeman. When a Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived on scene, he approached 27-year-old Joslynn Rabb, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Rabb then allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she used a Bic lighter to ignite a fire in the basement and upstairs areas of the home because she was angry with someone, according to court documents.

Rabb was the only person present when the fire started and the sweatshirt she was wearing had "several burn marks on it."

The residence is owned by Rabb's father, John, and was a complete loss, according to authorities.

Rabb's bond was set at $10,000 and she is charged with reckless burning, a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.

She is scheduled for a status hearing at the Hutchinson County Courthouse on Dec. 4.

Rabb is represented by court-appointed counsel Kent Lehr, of Scotland.

The Freeman Fire Department, Freeman Ambulance, Menno Fire Department, Menno Police Department and Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office responded to Monday's fire. Crews were on scene for more than five hours battling the blaze.

The South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, South Dakota Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state fire marshal are assisting with the investigation.

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