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South Dakota woman accused of burning her house after smashing school windows

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - A Belle Fourche woman accused of smashing dozens of school windows last fall is now accused of setting fire to her home the next day to collect insurance money.

Sally Fixter, 60, was indicted in February at the Belle Fourche courthouse on second-degree arson, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison, court records show. Fixter owns the property listed on her indictment, the Butte County Equalization Office confirmed.

There are no court records that detail how investigators decided that Fixter caused the fire, but the indictment says that a state fire marshal who investigates the cause of fires testified to the grand jury, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The fire broke out Aug. 10, 2018, just one day after Fixter allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage to Belle Fourche High School, several vehicles and school property.

Fixter has pleaded not guilty to the charges in her earlier indictments but has not yet entered pleas in the new arson case. She is scheduled for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Belle Fourche courthouse.