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Miss Kentucky USA finalist set roommate's bed on fire, police say

Published: Feb. 20, 2017 at 5:54 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2017 at 11:36 PM EST
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Christen McAllister (Source: LMDC)
Christen McAllister (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman is accused of setting a fire inside an occupied home while her roommates were inside.

Christen Marie McAllister, 22, of Louisville, is charged with one count of arson.

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Around 12:15 a.m. February 18, Louisville firefighters were called to the 300 block of Armstrong Drive at The Retreat, a cottage style off-campus student housing community near the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus. Investigators with the Louisville Metro Arson Bureau said McAllister had gotten into an argument with a roommate and then set the roommate's bed on fire.

Two roommates were inside the home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

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McAllister admitted to setting the fire, according to her arrest report. Arson investigators said the confession was recorded on a Louisville Metro Police Department body camera.

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Last month, McAllister finished fifth in the Miss Kentucky USA pageant.

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