Man charged after setting fire in Columbia home with kids inside

Man charged after setting fire in Columbia home with kids inside (Image 1)

A Columbia man is charged with aggravated arson after setting a fire in his home while his children were inside the residence.

Columbia police responded to a 911 call around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday placed from a home in the 500 block of E. 8th Street about a domestic disturbance.

When they arrived, they spotted smoke coming from a back bedroom.

According to Kellie Parrish, her husband, Tyler, was upset after the couple got into an argument.  

She told him she was leaving with a friend when he reportedly let the air out of the friend’s tires.  The woman called 911 to report the incident.

When police arrived, they found Parrish alone in a bedroom with mattresses pushed against a closed door and a pile of clothing inside the room on fire.  Parrish was unconscious.

Four young children, Parrish’s wife and her friend were inside the home at the time.

Three of the kids belong to Parrish and the other child was a friend.

They were able to get out of the home and were not injured.

“I never thought he would do this,” said Kellie Parrish.

The damage was contained to the back bedroom.

Parrish, 27, was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

He was booked in the Maury County Jail.  He is charged with aggravated arson, domestic assault and vandalism.

His bond is set at $105,000.

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