Bemidji woman facing arson and property damage charges

A Bemidji woman is facing first-degree arson charges for a fire near Bemidji last week.

The fire, on Tranquility Drive, was described as “suspicious” and caused extensive damage to the home.

No injuries were reported.

Thirty-four-year-old Cassandra Mountain is facing first-degree charges of felony-level property damage and arson.

The complaint says the homeowner requested the removal of a disorderly person.

Cassandra Mountain, 34, photo courtesy of Beltrami County Jail.

Mountain contacted dispatch while officers were en route and stated that the house was on fire because she left a pizza in the oven.

During the investigation, responders did not find a pizza in the oven and found the fire started in the living room, and a heavy trail of motor oil leading from the garage to the living room.

Stab marks were found throughout the home on electronic devices, three TVs, a laptop and an iPad.

Mountain has an extensive criminal history of property damage and disorderly conduct.

Bail was set at $300,000.

Mountain last made a court appearance Monday and was still in custody as of this afternoon.

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