ENID, Okla. — An Enid woman charged last week with first-degree arson is accused of setting fire to a residence July 18, 2019, in the 2200 block of East Ash.

Online court records show a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Saundra Deann Lewis, 44, on the felony charge filed in Garfield County District Court. Bond on the warrant for her arrest has been set at $25,000.

Because of prior convictions, Lewis face 20 years to life in prison on the charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case by Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Moss, Enid Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3:17 p.m. at 2206 E. Ash, and upon arrival found the single-family dwelling secured. They forced entry and extinguished the fire, according to the affidavit. No one was inside the residence.

Neighbors reported seeing a domestic dispute between a man and woman. They said the woman left on a blue motorcycle and later returned in a light-colored Chevy Avalanche, according to the affidavit. The woman was seen carrying a gas can to the backyard of the residence. She was heard yelling and seen leaving before smoke was seen coming from the house.

Fire debris was collected for ignitable liquid residue testing, and it was determined fire patterns were consistent with a fire intentionally started using an ignitable liquid, according to the affidavit. The domestic dispute was between Lewis and a man who lived at the residence, who left for work following the dispute.

Moss and Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Schatz contacted Lewis July 19 and she agreed to speak with them at the fire station, according to the affidavit. Lewis acknowledged being at the residence and having a dispute with the man who lived there but denied going back to the house and starting the fire.

Lewis said she needed some money and the man could, and should, have given her some, according to the affidavit. She expressed anger and frustration toward the man and explained how poorly he treated her on the day of the fire and during their four-year relationship.

Lewis said she switched from the motorcycle to the Avalanche shortly after leaving the residence but later said she did not drive the Avalanche until that evening, according to the affidavit. Her explanation for the fire was her boyfriend probably was responsible for what happened because he was trying to get her locked up so he could have her house due to their common-law marriage. Lewis said she would burn the house, or have someone else burn it down, first.

Lewis said during the dispute she threatened to have the man beaten but did not threaten to set his house on fire, according to the affidavit. Lewis “seemed to become frustrated” with Moss and Schatz for not taking what she was saying as true and ended the interview.

Moss interviewed the man July 22. He said Lewis was intoxicated when she arrived at his house asking for money, according to the affidavit. The man said before Lewis left, she said, “When you go to work I will burn this b---- down.” The man said Lewis had made similar threats before and he would have made a police report if he had not been running late to work.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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