Woman accused of arson in Sunday fire
A woman has been charged with arson in connection with a fire early Sunday at a North Austin apartment, officials said Thursday.
Kiomi Tanisha Smith, 22, set fire to clothes in her unit at the Runnymede Apartments at 1001 Rutland Drive, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Austin Fire Department. She was arrested Thursday afternoon, Capt. Andy Reardon said.
Smith used a “handheld ignition device” to set fire to the clothes shortly before 7 a.m. after a fight with the man she lived with, the affidavit said. It also said Smith had argued with another person, a female, earlier that morning.
Smith chased the man out of the apartment with a stick, slashed the tires on his vehicle and was seen throwing a rock through an apartment window, the affidavit said. After the glass broke, witnesses reported hearing smoke detectors sound and several people yelling “Fire,” the document said.
Bail on the first-degree felony charge, which carries a punishment of up to 99 years in prison, was set at $20,000. Austin police said Thursday that no other charges were expected to be filed against Smith.
The fire displaced eight people and caused $45,000 in damage, the affidavit said.
The Red Cross responded to the fire and provided services to those who were displaced, said property manager Vanessa Brenner. All eight people have been relocated, she said.
Kiomi Tanisha Smith was arrested Thursday.