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Homeless woman charged with arson after fire at West Side apartment building

Ariel Hill, 24, is charged with first degree arson in connection to a fire at an apartment building on Washington Street West, according to a criminal complaint. (WCHS/WVAH)

A woman has been arrested and charged with arson after police said she set fire to a West Side apartment building while two people were inside.

Ariel Hill, 24, is charged with first degree arson in connection to a fire at an apartment building on Washington Street West, according to a criminal complaint.

Friday afternoon, police responded to a call of a structure fire at 717 Washington Street West.

When officers went to the back of the building they saw Hill standing in front of a crawl space.

When officers asked where the smoke was coming from, Hill told them her and another man were burning a jacket, according to the complaint. Police then discovered several pieces of clothing had been set on fire in the crawl space of apartment building and the fire had spread to the insulation attached to the floor of the home.

Several fire engines responded and were able to quickly knock out the flames.

According to the complaint, the building’s landlord told police he had had issues with Hill before and that she had threatened to burn the apartment building down.

On Oct. 30 Hill was arrested for destruction of property after she was accused of breaking a window on the front of the building, according to the complaint.

The complaint said Hill had signed a written notice on Oct. 24 saying she was not to be on the property.

Hill, who is homeless, is being held in the South Central Regional Jail on $25,000 bond.

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