Woman accused of setting fire to her father’s boarding house

Seven days after fire ripped through a boarding house on Terrace Street, an arrest warrant was issued for the property owner’s daughter, accusing her of the arson.

Miranda Marlana King, 27, no address available, is wanted for counts of aggravated arson and terrorizing after the fire burned down the boarding home her father owned at 952 Terrace St., on May 20.

When Baton Rouge firefighters arrived at the home at 9:48 p.m., they found several rooms engulfed in flames, Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs has said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze about 20 minutes after they arrived, but not before it severely damaged several rooms and the attic, causing between $40,000 and $55,000 in damage, Combs has said.

Investigators learned that King argued with her father and he evicted her from the property, the arrest warrant says.

King gathered her belongings, but before leaving, she got into another argument with an 80-year-old woman, who also lived in the house, the warrant says. King threatened to attack the woman and threw a brick through her window, according to the warrant.

King “began to rant and rave in front of several occupants, stating that she would” burn down the boarding home, the warrant says.

Witnesses saw King take her three children and belongings and leave the property about a minute before smoke and fire were seen rising from the home’s interior, the warrant says.

Several of the 10 occupants in the home had to be helped from their rooms, including a 6-month-old, the 80-year-old woman and a person who could not hear or speak, the warrant says.

No one was injured, the Fire Department has said.

During the investigation, witnesses said they saw King bleeding from a cut on her arm she received when she broke a window in the room where investigators suspect the fire began, the warrant says.

Investigators also received three Crime Stoppers tips pointing to King as the arsonist, the warrant says.