Alexandria M. Roberson of the 200 block of North Bedford Street believed the father was at or headed to a home in the first block of C Street just before 2 a.m. when the fire started, police said. Firefighters traced the source to newspapers and a red pillow at the front of the apartment.
When one of the residents opened the door to investigate, they were met with knee-high flames, police said. No one was injured.
Witnesses saw Roberson hiding next to the apartment after the fire was extinguished, police said. She ran when confronted but was arrested a short time later at North Pitt and B streets, police said.
Roberson was charged with arson, loitering and prowling at night and reckless endangerment.