Woman ac­cused of ar­son in Sun­day fire

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING - By Clau­dia Grisales cgrisales@states­man.com; 445-5933 Ad­di­tional ma­te­rial by staff writer Isadora Vail.

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.

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