“I am an arsonist:” Woman charged for setting fire to home with children inside, records show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police arrested a woman after she reportedly set a home and car on fire earlier this year, according to an affidavit.

The arson happened on the morning of Sept. 12 in the 400 block of Deerskin Drive.

Police said the fires had been put out by civilians when they arrived, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police that Davetta Joy-Lynett Brown, 27, drove up to the home and ignited combustible material at the front door, according to the affidavit.

The witness told police that Brown also set fire to trash and other materials underneath a car in the driveway next to the home.

According to the affidavit, the witness then saw Brown spray an unknown liquid on the burning car and another car parked in the driveway.

Brown then fled.

The homeowner told police that she and Brown had an ongoing feud over a man they had both been dating, according to the affidavit.

The homeowner also told police that Brown had sent her threatening Facebook messages that read, “I am an arsonist and if you see me going to the store to buy gasoline you better watch out,” according to the affidavit.

A woman and three children were inside the home at the time of the fire.

Brown has been charged with Aggravated Arson and Setting Fire to Personal Property or Land.