KTVA Interview With Arson Suspect Before Arrest
KTVA interviewed Jenae Collins and her boyfriend on Thursday, shortly after the fire
On Thursday KTVA interviewed Jenae Collins, who's accused of setting fire to the Calais Arms Apartments. This interview was conducted shortly after the fire:
John MacClarence: It's difficult. I'm not sure. Things are really difficult right now. I got laid off from my job two weeks ago, and I'm actually supposed to be at, you know, the unemployment filing my resume.
Jenae Collins: Not sitting here in a church because our house is burning down
John MacClarence: We do have resources in the community somewhat. I just lost everything. I lost all my guitars, I lost my marlin mount, all my electronics.
Jenae Collins: All our clothes. I lost all my shoes.
John MacClarence: All my paperwork, my wallet. I was lucky I made it out with my passport, but I don't have my driver's license.
Jenae Collins: Truck keys. At least we got out with the truck keys.
Reporter: Where did you live?
Jenae Collins: We were on the first floor, number one. And so he's asleep on the couch, and I'm sitting in the chair, watching TV, and all of a sudden I see like this light come through the crack of the door, and the next thing I know, flames are going through the ceiling.
So I wake him up, scream at the dog, and we go down the hallway, pounding on all the doors. By the time we got out of the building, the whole front side of the building went up in flames.
So I'm just hoping that… I was inhaling smoke and that's kind of why my voice is like this, you know. I inhaled a whole lot of smoke. But, you know, I was hoping that everybody made it out alive. If that happened, then you'll be all right, you know. I hope so.
Reporter: I'm confused, you were on the first floor but you could actually see? Where were the flames? When you looked outside, you could see?
Jenae Collins: I just looked over and I'm like, ‘What is that light?’ It's coming through just the crack of the door. I'm watching TV and I'm right next to the back door
John MacClarence: There's a back door, which is the balcony. We had a balcony with a lot of stuff on it.
Jenae Collins: It's got this tiny little perforation, and I'm like, ‘What is that light? The next thing, I looked up, and the flame went through the ceiling, and I'm like, ‘Oh my god, everybody out!’
John MacClarence: I was totally asleep.
Jenae Collins: He was just sleeping on the couch. Luckily, I was awake, you know, watching TV. Unfortunately, we lost everything we own.
Jenae Collins: We drove around and looked. We got out, drove around and looked.
John MacClarence: When we got out, I got out, you know, there's just smoke's just coming everywhere. And I'm like, ‘Get the dog, let's just get outta here,’ and we got into my truck and as soon as we exited the building, we exited the building on the Eureka side of the street, and as soon as we exited the building, the whole face of the building was in flames.