Police Say April Fire At U Of A’s Pomfret Hall Was Arson

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- A fire that started in the basement of Pomfret Hall on the University of Arkansas in April was a case of arson, according to police.

Peggy Sue Tenbrook, 38, was arrested Monday (Aug. 29) on suspicion of arson in connection to the fire at the residence hall on April 13.

The fire was reported in room A126, which is also considered the women's bathroom and is labeled "Chartwells associates only door," according to Tenbrook's arrest report.

The room is near a loading dock where police officers saw firefighters carrying a burning roll of brown paper towels. The firefighters said it appeared the paper towels had been set on fire inside a plastic trashcan, the arrest report states.

The fire melted the trashcan, destroyed a paper towel dispenser above the trashcan and the flames charred the walls all the way up to the ceiling, the report states.

Surveillance footage showed a woman, later identified as Tenbrook, who was a Chartwells employee, going into and leaving the bathroom at 3:50 p.m. and a fire alarm was pulled at 4:04 p.m., according to the report.

During an initial interview, police found Tenbrook had a lighter in her pocket, but she denied setting the fire, the report states.

The following day, on April 14, police interviewed Tenbrook's supervisor. The supervisor said Tenbrook did not like her authority and was upset that she had not been promoted, according to the report. Another employee told police she saw Tenbrook crying the day of the fire and when she asked Tenbrook what was wrong, she told her she was angry about having to clean up her area and was tired of the supervisors correcting her, the report states.

Tenbrook's bond was set at $5,000, according to Washington County Detention Center records.