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Woman sentenced to 5 years for setting Tulsa Central Library's bathroom on fire

Posted at 4:42 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 15:56:35-04

TULSA, Okla. — Woman sentenced to five years for setting a Tulsa Central Library bathroom on fire.

According to court records, Sara Bess entered a guilty plea to arson in the first degree, and was sentence to five years in jail.

Police arrested Bess in connection to a fire that caused Tulsa's Central Library to temporarily close for repairs, according to the Tulsa Fire Department.

READ MORE: Tusa Central Library reopens after fire on second floor

Officials say Sara Bess was arrested for arson in February 2020.

On Feb 19, TFD said Bess started a fire in a bathroom on the second floor of the library, activating the alarm and sprinkler systems. Officials evacuated the building.

A short time later, library employees were given the all-clear to collect their belongings from the building.

Officials say smoke filled the second and third floor of the library.

Firefighters contained the fire to the restroom on the second floor and restoration crews prepared the building to reopen.

Several days later, the library reopened.

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