UPDATE: Woman charged with arson in Linx Plaza apartment fire

Mobile County

UPDATE 5./4/2021 (8:38 pm) — MFRD says Krista Andrea Gainey, 43, is charged with Arson in the Linx Plaza apartment complex fire on Monday, May 3.

The following is a full release from Mobile FIre-Rescue:

MOBILE, Ala. – At approximately 6:48 AM on Monday, May 3rd, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department companies were dispatched to the Linx Apartments at 6960 Airport Blvd. Witnesses reported the presence of smoke in an apartment building. Upon arriving on scene, fire personnel confirmed a large quantity of thick, black smoke billowing from the door and windows of a 1st-floor apartment unit. 

Firefighters sprang to action, evacuating residents from the involved structure, and beginning the initial fire attack. Suppression teams were able to quickly locate the source of the fire and successfully extinguish all signs of flames without incident.  

The apartment unit suffered significant flame, smoke, and water damage. Flames extended to the apartment directly above, causing moderate damage. There were no occupants discovered within the apartment unit.  

Cause of Origin Investigators have determined the fire to have been intentionally set.  

Through the course of the investigation, Krista Andrea Gainey (10/11/1977) was arrested and charged with ARSON 1ST. 

UPDATE 5/4/2021 (12:39 p.m.) — MFRD investigators have determined Monday’s fire at the Linx Plaza apartment complex was intentionally set.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It was a rude awakening for renters at a west Mobile apartment complex.

Mobile Fire-Rescue responded to the Linx Plaza apartment complex across the street from Providence Hospital shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. A fire in a first-floor unit was put out quickly.

No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

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