Around 2:10 a.m. on March 30, a fire broke out at a home in Carefree following a fight between 26-year-old Jasmine Miller and the homeowner, who she was dating at the time, the Daily Journal reported.
Detectives arrived at the scene about an hour after the fire started and Miller had reportedly fled the scene on foot with her daughter, authorities said.
The previous day, on March 29, Miller and her boyfriend got into an argument after he confronted her about being at a casino, according to the Daily Journal. Police said Miller allegedly sent a text to her ex saying she was going to come to his house and “drive his f****** truck through it.”
The boyfriend thought Miller might actually resort to violence, so he reported the alleged incident to the sheriff’s office. That report resulted in officers going to the casino and arresting Miller for operating a vehicle without a license after she left the casino, officials said.
Early in the morning on March 30, the boyfriend picked up Miller from jail and the fighting continued. She blamed him for getting her arrested and said she was going to pack her stuff and move out, the Daily Journal reported.
The fighting continued when they got back to the house, and Miller said she was going to her mother’s house and put her stuff in garbage bags and loaded them into his truck, according to officials.
The boyfriend started to smell something burning and saw smoke coming from downstairs. He then found the clothes in his closet were on fire, according to authorities.
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He confronted Miller and checked the house to make sure all of the children and pets were outside. While he was checking, Miller fled the scene with her daughter, but she left all of her stuff behind, officials said.
During the investigation, the boyfriend told deputies that Miller had a butane torch she allegedly used to smoke methamphetamine, which could have started the fire, according to officials. Investigators allegedly did find a purse containing casino player’s cards with Miller’s name on them and two butane torches in a backyard a few houses down from the scene of the fire, according to authorities.
Officials ruled the cause of the fire to be “incendiary” and an open flame was the ignition source, which was used to catch clothing on fire, the Daily Journal reported.
Miller faces a felony charge of arson and was booked into the Johnson County Jail. She was being held on a $100,000 bond.
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