TAMPA — A dispute between roommates may have fueled a fire at the Ashford Park Apartments Tuesday night, Tampa Fire Rescue says.
Flames engulfed Apartment 41-F at 10610 N 30th St. just after 8 p.m., fire rescue said. No one was injured. Investigators found that the blaze that caused $65,000 in damage had been intentionally set. Firefighters say the flames were contained to 41-F.
One roommate, 20-year-old Chantel Joseph, arrived at the apartment and told investigators she and her roommate, Lisa Marie Dillard, had been having problems, a fire rescue release said.
Sometime later, Dillard, 19, walked up to a police officer conducting a traffic stop and confessed to torching her apartment, fire rescue said. She was interviewed by fire marshals and may face an arson charge, officials said.