Des Moines Fire Department to be Featured on Oxygen Network

DES MOINES, Iowa – A peculiar arson case that made local headlines in 2011 is now gaining national attention.

Jennifer Harris was convicted of first-degree arson after setting her friend’s home on fire because a fight they had on Facebook.

The details of the case sparked the television network “Oxygen” to film in Des Moines. The case will be featured on the show “Snapped”, featuring women who reach their breaking point.

Crews interviewed all who were involved in the case from the victim to fire inspectors. The producer of the show said it wasn’t easy to convince everyone to share their part of the story but she offered them this advice. “You’re the best person who can tell your own story. You don’t want anyone else telling your story for you,” said Donna Dudek.

The fire inspector who worked the case said he is excited but nervous for the show to air. “I’ve never seen myself on TV before believe it or not,” Ted Jefferson said. “I avoid that.”

The crew will spend four days in the Capitol city. The episode will air in a two part series in late 2015.

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