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Woman admits starting fatal fire, tells police she had been dealing with stress


APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- A Wisconsin woman confessed to starting the fire that killed her brother, according to prosecutors.

We've learned Dana Nachtrab, 27, was responsible for caring for her disabled brother Cody, 23, who died in the fire at their home in the Town of Deer Creek, Wis. a week ago. According to the criminal complaint, that care included feeding Cody Nachtrab, changing his diapers and dealing with his rage at times when he would become abusive.

The compliant goes on to say that the day of the fire Nachtrab had made threats to set the home on fire. She said she had been dealing with stress, which included the death of her father last year and a troubled relationship with her husband.

Nachtrab told police while a fire was going on in the backyard, she used it to ignite a sock or glove and put it near some paper in her mother's bedroom. She said she started the fire to prove a point, but the fire quickly grew out of control.

She and her husband, who also lived in the house, tried to put the fire out, but could not. While Dana Nachtrab took their 2-year-old daughter out of the house, her husband tried to get Cody Nachtrab out of the house, but he was unable to.

Dana Nachtrab is now charged with first-degree reckless homicide, arson and bail jumping. Altogether, she faces more than 100 years in prison if convicted.

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