Boise Woman Sent to Prison for Home Arson

Aug. 15--Jodi Renee Bassett, 36, pleaded guilty in June to first-degree arson and injury to a child.

On Thursday, Fourth District Judge Richard Greenwood sentenced Bassett to three to 20 years in prison.

Bassett was arrested last October, 10 months after a suspicious fire consumed her home on South Yorktown Way in East Boise.

Neighbors called police in the early morning hours of Dec. 19, 2012, after hearing explosions coming from the house.

Firefighters found windows blown out, the door to the garage bulging and a living room wall that had been knocked off a foundation. The first fire crews that arrived at the house narrowly escaped injury from one explosion.

Three daughters escaped from the burning house unharmed.

Firefighters on the scene said they saw windows blown out, the door to the garage bulging and a living room wall knocked off a foundation. The first crews narrowly escaped one explosion, according to a press release Thursday.

The house was engulfed in fire, but all of the children were able to get out of the house safely, police said. Police provided no other information on the children, including their ages and connection to Bassett.

Fire investigators called the blaze "suspicious" from the beginning. The arson investigation and review by prosecutors took a long time, explaining the delay between the fire and when Bassett was charged.

In exchange for her guilty plea, two other counts of injury to a child were dismissed.

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