ST. ALBANS CITY — An apartment building at 55 Bank Street in St. Albans City caught fire this morning,. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the city and town.

It’s believed a woman in the building ignited a couch on the second floor, starting the blaze, according to St. Albans Town Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Cross. A formal investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

UPDATE: Tenant Monique Teague, 44, has been taken into custody and will be arraigned on the charge of first degree arson.

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Firefighters from St. Albans City and Town pack away their gear after extinguishing a blaze on Bank Street this morning.

Further details will be available in Wednesday’s Messenger.