Houston mom faces felony arson charge

Kirenzia Hyder's 3-year-old daughter gave investigators information

By Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

HOUSTON - A Houston woman is facing a felony arson charge after a fire at a northwest Harris County home, investigators said, was intentionally set.

Kirenzia Hyder has been charged with arson for that fire at a home located in the 1200 block of Hawks Nest on Feb. 12. According to court documents, the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office determined the fire was set using a combustible material and a flame. 

The homeowners, Ethelyn and Johnny Williamson, were inside at the time.

"A neighbor came over and told us the house was on fire," said Ethelyn.  "I called the fire department and got it out."

Damage to the brick was still visible Monday. The fire was set near a window on the side of the house, detectives said. 

Ethelyn Williamson said her grandson and Hyder used to date and they have a 3-year-old child together. She said she believes her grandson and Hyder were arguing the day of the fire and that Hyder came to the home thinking her boyfriend was inside. 

Investigators said they got some information from the child. She apparently witnessed her mom go around to the side of the house and light a candle, detectives said.

Williamson confirmed her great-granddaughter ratted Hyder out.

"She said, 'Come on ...I can show you,'" Williamson said.

Fire officials said cellphone records show Hyder was in the northwest Harris County neighborhood that day.  Bond has been set at $20,000.