A fire that engulfed a single-family home on East Ventura Avenue last Thursday was allegedly started on purpose, according to an arrest report released by the Clewiston Police Department.
Tamika Litchmore, 37, of Clewiston, was arrested June 25 and charged with second-degree arson after she allegedly admitted to setting the house her husband was staying in on fire earlier that day.
Officers responded to the fire at 402 East Ventura at around 11:46 a.m. The home was engulfed almost entirely in flames when fire fighters arrived to put out the fire. The house was deemed a total loss, according to sources, and the state fire marshal was called in to inspect the cause of the fire.
Officers soon learned a witness had reportedly seen a black female parked in a white car in front of the house just 15 minutes before the fire started.
The man who was renting the home, 29-year-old Romaine Litchmore, said his wife fit the description provided by the witness.
Mr. Litchmore apparently told officers he and his wife had recently separated and she was upset with him.
As officers went to find Mrs. Litchmore at her home in Harlem, they were notified by dispatch that she was calling to ask about the case.