Woman Arrested In Houston Fire That Killed 3, Court Appearance Set For Tuesday

Sunday, April 8th 2007, 2:22 pm
By: News On 6

HOUSTON (AP) _ A licensed vocational nurse has been arrested and accused of starting a fire in her office that killed three people and injured six others.

The March 28 fire spread throughout the fifth floor of a six-story building. Three firefighters were among the injured.

Misty Ann Weaver, 34, was scheduled to make her first court appearance Tuesday, charged with three counts of felony murder and one count of first-degree arson.

Weaver, arrested late Saturday, remained in jail Sunday in lieu of $330,000 bail, said Harris County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. John Martin.

Authorities alleged that Weaver started the fire because she had neglected to finish an accreditation audit that was due to her boss, a plastic surgeon.

``She was fearful of being discharged by the doctor,'' Fire Department investigator James Snowden said. ``Therefore, she figured that by starting a small fire, it would more or less postpone the audit information.''

Investigators did not say how the fire was started.

Martin said Weaver did not appear to have an attorney to speak for her yet. There was no telephone listing for her in local directories.