Charlestown woman charged with arson for Warwick apartment fire that displaced 60
WARWICK, R.I (WLNE) – Warwick Police have arrested a woman they say is responsible for setting a fire at the Les Chateaux apartment complex on Warwick Avenue that displaced 60 people.
The fire broke out on Saturday, February 13. Battalion Chief Tom Brady said at the time the fire started in the basement, before spreading up the stairs and into the building’s lobby.
The 3-story, multi-family apartment complex had a total of 46 units. All residents of the complex were displaced – 46 adults and 11 children – according to the Red Cross.
On Thursday police arrested 28-year-old Aiyana Milton of Charlestown and charged her with arson. Police said she was temporarily staying at the complex and set the fire in a storage area.
“In that part of the building where it had started, the storage closet had Christmas ornaments. So no one had really used that area since after the holiday season, and there were apparently no sources that would have started the fire unless it was ignited by an outside source,” said Warwick Police Captain Ryan Sornberger.
Sornberger said police received a tip three days after the fire from someone who knew Milton, telling them she should be investigated.
“We received a tip from someone known to Ms. Milton that steered us in the right direction, saying we should look into her. So the facts were, she was at that location at the time, staying with a guest. She was not a resident of the complex. We had to track her down she was at that point was missing,” Sornberger explained. “After doing some investigative work finding her, we had to make arrangements to question her where the investigation revealed that she had started the fire.”
Milton was arraigned in Kent County District Court and was ordered held without bail. She’ll remain behind bars until her next court date on March 11.