Inmate charged with arson after officer finds burning blanket

Stephanie Lou Ann Bryant (Source: MBPD)
Stephanie Lou Ann Bryant (Source: MBPD)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A woman already in jail for public intoxication has now been charged with arson after allegedly trying to start a fire in the Myrtle Beach Jail Tuesday night.

According to a police report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department, officers responded to the jail at the police station located at 1101 N. Oak Street in reference to an arson.

Detention officers at the jail said they could smell smoke coming from one of the cells. When they went to investigate, they found two blankets balled up and stuffed under a bench in the cell.

One of the officers opened up one of the blankets and saw ash falling from it as well as a large burn hole in the middle of the blanket, the report said.

The prisoner in the cell, Stephanie Lou Ann Bryant, 37, of Myrtle Beach was reportedly the only person in the cell at the time of the fire.

Detention officers attempted to locate anything that could have started the fire, but were unable to do so. At that time, Bryant was charged with arson in the third degree.

According to Myrtle Beach Police, Bryant was originally in jail for public intoxication, after she was seen earlier in the evening stumbling into a roadway.

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