Woman catches Merced apartments on fire, this is what happened

On December 25, 2019, Merced Police Department Officers responded to a report of trespassing at the apartment located 3030 Park Avenue in Merced.

Upon arrival Officers observed smoke and flames coming from one of the apartments and Officers began evacuating the surrounding apartments.

The Merced City Fire Department responded quickly and they were able to contain the fire to one set of apartments at the location.

Merced City Fire Department Arson investigators determined this fire was intentionally set.

The fire caused over $50,000 in damages to the Swiss Colony Apartment Complex. The Red Cross came out to assist with housing for the families that were displaced.

Merced Police Department Officers were able to identify 42-year-old Kristi Shepherd as a suspect in this case. Shepherd was located and booked at the Merced County Jail for arson.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact the Merced Police Department at (209) 385-6912 or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725.

The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

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