Woman, 67, charged with setting fire in Lincoln Park retirement home

Update July 3, 2021 — Jones pleaded guilty to one count of arson in exchange for a sentence of 24 months probation from Judge Peggy Chiampas, according to court records.


A woman is charged with arson after she allegedly started a fire inside her Lincoln Park retirement home on Sunday night. No one was injured in the incident.

Fire department personnel responded to the high-rise at 2634 North Sheffield after an automatic alarm sounded and residents reported water flowing through the building around 10:40 p.m. Firemen found a sprinkler activated on the 10th floor and burnt rubbish lying outside a nearby apartment door.

Rosie Jones | CPD

The fire department summoned police to meet with two 62-year-old men who said they were awakened by a fire outside their front door, according to Officer Anthony Spicuzza, a CPD spokesperson.

Surveillance video showed 67-year-old Rosie Jones setting fire to an object outside the victims’ door, Spicuuza said. Jones lives in the building.

Prosecutors yesterday charged Jones with felony aggravated arson. She is due in bond court this afternoon.

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