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Aiken woman charged with starting fire by putting clothes on a stove

January 19, 2019

An Aiken woman was charged Thursday in connection with a report of arson at a Sumter Street residence.

Yasmeonna Wooden, 18, is charged with first-degree assault and battery and second-degree arson, according to jail records.

Aiken Public Safety officers received a 911 call around noon Thursday in reference to a disturbance and a fire started at a home on the 600 block of Sumter Street in Aiken, according to the report.

The caller told dispatch the suspect fled in a Chevrolet Impala and officers initiated a traffic stop on a car matching that description on Park Avenue and Kershaw Street, police reported.

There were three people inside the car, including Wooden, who was detained until officers could get to Sumter Street to find out what was going on, police said.

Officers arrived at Sumter Street and spoke with the 24-year-old victim, who claimed Wooden was a previous resident at the home and she stopped by to retrieve some clothes she had left, according to the report.

The victim told investigators she went into her room to avoid Wooden while she was there, but after Wooden left, the victim claimed she smelled smoke, the report states.

The victim found clothes on fire on the stove downstairs and extinguished the fire before calling 911, according to the report.

Investigators reported Wooden had stopped by the homeowner’s workplace to notify him the house was on fire. Wooden then returned to the Impala and made several passes by the house, police reported.

Wooden was then arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where she is still being held Friday afternoon.

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