HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Hendersonville Police arrested a woman Monday in Smyrna following a two-month arson investigation.
Police say 48-year-old Tiffany Hummel set five house fires at a home on the 300 block of North Birchwood Drive. Hummel is the fiancée to the renter of the home.
"You just never know who you live next door to," said neighbor Cynthia Lambert.
The fires were set over a two day span in late April. Police say the fifth fire, which happened April 17, destroyed the home.
Lambert recalled how Hummel acted after the first fire saying, "she's a really good actress because she was down on the ground crying and carrying on."
Police said Hummel also stole her fiancé's property.
Investigators said she pawned the stolen items for cash then set the fires to cover up the crimes.
"The appearance is she was getting money for the pawned items and then using the money for a drug habit," said Lieutenant Wayne Clifford.
She was charged with five counts of arson and one count of theft.
"People, when they get desperate, can do some things that just totally shock you," said Clifford.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Hendersonville Police Department at 615-264-5303.