Fort Wayne woman charged with arson in boutique fire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – A Fort Wayne woman is facing up to 12 years in prison after allegedly starting a fire at Touma’s Bridal Boutique.

This is not the first time she’s faced charges for setting fire to public property.

Brittney Ellert, 32, pleaded guilty last year to institutional criminal mischief and criminal recklessness, and was sentenced to probation, after setting fire to a trash can inside a parking garage at Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2017.

The Journal Gazette reports a judge also ordered her to pay nearly $18,000 to the college.

Then on November 29, 2018, Ellert allegedly set fire to “plastics and other common combustibles” on the floor of a storage area at Touma’s Bridal Boutique on Coldwater Road.

Court documents report she caused more than $11,000 in damage.

She was charged with arson in Allen Superior Court on Monday, and faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

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