KTVA Interview With Arson Suspect Before Arrest
KTVA interviewed Jenae Collins and her boyfriend on Thursday, shortly after the fire
Jenae Collins: The whole front side, the whole front face was in flames.
John MacClarence: And so I got into the truck and I drove to Holiday (gas station).
Jenae Collins: We got no (inaudible) but the whole front face of the building was in flames, and so we drove around to look and see.
Reporter: Was that before firefighters got there?
Jenae Collins: Well, we got out of the building.
John MacClarence: When we were exiting the building, everyone was converging on the building.
Jenae Collins: So we were, as that occurred, the building had a really good, like alarm system, because the alarm system was going off. That's why everyone's getting out alive and not dying of smoke inhalation or burned to death, because the alarm went off almost immediately but, still, the whole front thing, that went up so fast.
John MacClarence: That building just went, wham.
Jenae Collins: I can't even believe how fast. It just went, whew. I'm like, ‘Oh my god.’
John MacClarence: Like I said, as soon as we got out of the building, we looked out and the whole thing was on fire. The whole front face of the building was just totally engulfed in flames.
Jenae Collins: By the time we got out, that's what it was looking like, whew. Just all the way up the front. It's like 26 apartments.
John MacClarence: I'm thinking, she doesn't have any shoes. She's got my shoes.
Jenae Collins: Yeah, he's a gentleman. He gave me his shoes.
John MacClarence: Now she's got my shoes on, but I got her in my truck with no shoes on, and I'm like, let's get the hell out.
Jenae Collins: Throw our clothes on.
John MacClarence: The whole front face of the building is just totally engulfed. We drove over to holiday.
Jenae Collins: Looking at it.
John MacClarence: By that time, we're seeing the hook and ladder trucks, with the water and all that. The whole building, it almost went up instantly.
Reporter: How long have you lived there?
John MacClarence: I've been on lease there.
Jenae Collins: We've known each other since we were 13, well, since I was 13. He's 47, I'm 41.
John MacClarence: No, she asked how long we lived in the building.
Jenae Collins: Oh, lived in the building.
John MacClarence: I've been there four years.
Reporter (to Collins): Were you just visiting, or living there, too?
Jenae Collins: I was just visiting, yeah.
John MacClarence: You're looking like light fixtures in the hallway, some of them blink on and off.
Jenae Collins: Outlets in his apartments didn't work, I don't know.
John MacClarence: It's not a great place. It only cost 800 bucks a month to live there.
Jenae Collins: You pay 1500, honey. You pay 1500.
John MacClarence: That just happened this month.