WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCBD) – A woman has been arrested for setting fire to a West Ashley home over the weekend
Fire crews with the St. Andrews Fire Department and Charleston Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 2200 block of Wood Avenue Saturday afternoon.
Once at the scene, crews found heavy fire conditions in a front room of the house – which was brought under control in about 20-30 minutes.
Officials say one person was inside the home at the time but escaped without injuries.
Local fire agencies and the State Law Enforcement Division, who was called in to investigate the fire, determined the cause of the fire was incendiary and ruled an arson.
On Monday, deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 46-year-old Toya Steward for second-degree arson and first-degree burglary.
A witness who was inside the home at the time told investigators Steward was knocking on the door before the fire began and later heard what sounded like glass breaking and then a voice coming from inside the home, according to an affidavit.
The witness said Steward walked through the home, and they heard what sounded like water being poured onto the floor and then described hearing a loud “boom.” The report states that is when the witness opened a bathroom door and saw flames and black smoke filling the hallway.
Steward’s bond totaled $75,000.