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Authorities say Killeen house fire was an arson

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:30 am

A recent house fire in Killeen was determined an arson caused by the female resident, who is behind bars.

Killeen fire investigators charged Ejean Miller, 56, with arson in what an arrest affidavit stated was a fire Miller intentionally set after an argument with her husband.

The fire occurred Tuesday morning in the 3800 block of Oak Valley Drive. After investigating, police learned that gasoline had been poured in several rooms, leaving the house damaged but not a total loss.

Police spoke with Miller’s husband, who said the woman awoke him in the morning by striking him in the head with an unspecified object, the affidavit stated. He traveled to a convenience store to avoid any further conflict when he saw fire trucks headed in the direction of his home.

The man could not locate Miller when he returned to the home. A woman in the area told police she was on the phone with Miller, who told her she was at her pastor’s house.

Miller’s husband asked her to return to the scene. She did, but refused to speak to investigators, the affidavit stated.

Police later spoke with Miller’s daughter, who provided a written statement indicating Miller stated in a phone conversation she set the house on fire.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Miller Thursday, setting her bail at $50,000.

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