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Woman Charged With Child Abandonment in Connection to Massive Fire at Motel 6



Update: Tara Piccione has been arrested and was booked into the Harris County Jail on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The Harris County PC Judge set her bond at $1,000.00. At the time of this update, she remains in jail and has not yet posted bail. Piccione is due back in the 183rd District Court on October 31, 2019.

Spring, Texas – A woman is facing charges after a massive fire erupted at a Spring Motel 6, Wednesday afternoon.

According to fire investigators, a woman left two children ages three and six unattended in a motel room. While unattended, the children were allegedly playing with a lighter and caught the bedding in the room on fire.

The 3-alarm fire broke out around 3:15 PM Wednesday, at the Motel 6 located at 19606 Cypresswood Court. Over 75 firefighters from seven different area fire departments battled the blaze.

Firefighters with the Spring Fire Department were seen throwing ladders and rescuing guests from the 3rd-floor windows. Due to their heroic actions, there were no reported fatalities. Seven people were taken to the hospital in stable condition with minor injuries.

Investigators say that approximately 30 rooms were occupied at the time the fire started.

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office along with Houston Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help in locating Tara Elizabeth Piccione (31) who has been charged with two counts of child abandonment with intent to return, a state jail felony.

According to public records, Piccione has an extensive criminal history with charges from drug possession to theft.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to felony charges or an arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at All tipsters remain anonymous.


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