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story.lead_photo.caption Iasha Cannady Photo by Cole County Sheriff's Department

A Jefferson City woman has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson for incidents that occurred early Saturday morning.

Iasha Cannady, 46, is believed to have started fires at two locations, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements.

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a residence in the 800 block of Lafayette Street after a report of someone throwing a "bomb" through a window and starting a fire in a bedroom.

Officers reported they found a vodka bottle with gasoline inside. They also found a bottle with an unknown substance on the bedroom window sill that had a cloth wick and had been set on fire.

There was fire damage to the the floor, wall and blinds of the bedroom, but no injuries were reported.

A victim showed officers video surveillance of the exterior of the home. The video reportedly shows a black woman and black man outside the house and the woman starting a fire in the bushes and leaves. The victim extinguished the fire and went back inside the residence, but a short time later, the woman seen earlier in the video returns and sets a fire in a bottle, then sits it on the window sill while the man seen earlier comes and lights the vodka bottle on fire and throws it through a window.

The victim identified the woman in the video as Cannady.

The second incident was reported in the 1200 block of East Water Street around 1:41 a.m. Saturday.

The victim told officers she had woken up to a witness telling her to get out of her home because of a fire. The witness said she had been outside smoking and saw a group of individuals in the road beside the residence. She said she later heard a loud bang and saw flames coming from the front of the residence.

Officers found a broken window in the front of the residence. Below it was a clear bottle that appeared to have been burned and had a gasoline odor coming from it. Another bottle was found in the rear of the residence with what appeared to be gasoline inside and a rag sticking out of the top.

Just after 2:30 a.m., Lincoln University police officers stopped a vehicle Cannady was driving in the 700 block of Stadium Boulevard. Authorities said the vehicle smelled of gasoline. They searched the vehicle and allegedly found an explosive-type bottle and rags drenched in gasoline.

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