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Police arrest 75-year-old woman for conspiracy to commit arson in deadly fire

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Edna Maxine Bennett, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Yamhill County Jail) Edna Maxine Bennett, jail booking photo (Courtesy: Yamhill County Jail)
Firefighters at the scene of a deadly fire in Newberg on Wednesday. (Source: KPTV) Firefighters at the scene of a deadly fire in Newberg on Wednesday. (Source: KPTV)
A 75-year-old woman was arrested in connection to the fire. (Source: KPTV) A 75-year-old woman was arrested in connection to the fire. (Source: KPTV)
NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) -

A 75-year-old woman was arrested on the charge of conspiracy to commit arson for a deadly fire in Newberg that is believed to have involved her roommate.

Police and firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at a mobile home park on the 2900 block of East 2nd Street at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews arrived to find a burning home with glass and debris blown out into the roadway.  

Once the fire was out, a body was located in the remnants of the destroyed home.

On Thursday, police released details about the investigation.

Officers said they met with the homeowner, 75-year-old Edna Maxine Bennett. She stated the body found in the burned down home was probably that of her roommate, Ana Frigine-York.

Bennett admitted, according to police, that she had been gathering gasoline over the past week because York wanted to die by lighting herself on fire. Bennett collected 12 gallons of gasoline in two-gallon containers at York's request.

"Ms. Bennett said she knew York was planning on pouring the gasoline onto herself and inside the home. She also knew the home would be destroyed and could endanger others, but hoped that no one else would be injured," according to the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.

Shortly after arriving with the last two gallons of gasoline Wednesday, Bennett said York asked her to leave. Bennett told police she removed some personal items and left the home, figuring York was going to go through with her plan.

Bennett said she returned home to find fire engines at the scene.

Bennett was arrested and will be booked into the Yamhill County Jail on the charge of first-degree conspiracy to commit arson, according to police.

The body has been sent to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for official identification.

York was the subject of a large-scale missing person search in November 2015. She was missing for three days before being found in good health. Police said York, who was 60 at the time, went for a walk without telling anyone and ended up in rural Dundee, where she choose to camp until deciding she wanted to return home.

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