New information leads to arson arrest in fatal Longview fire

Kimberly Nicole Bruton (Source: Gregg Co. Judicial Records)
Kimberly Nicole Bruton (Source: Gregg Co. Judicial Records)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - One person has been arrested in connection with a March fire that killed two people.

On June 5, an arrest warrant was issued for Kimberly Nicole Bruton for arson of a habitation, the Longview Fire Department says. Randall Russell and Lisa Tesmer died in the March 9 fire at a home in the 100 block of Cherie Lane in Longview.

"The arrest warrant was issued after Fire Investigators received new information about the events that led to the cause of the fire," LFD said in a social media post.

LFD says Bruton was initially arrested the night of the fire but was released due to lack of sufficient evidence.

After her arrest in Denton, LFD says she revealed new information that led the Denton Fire Marshal's Office to contact the Longview Fire Marshal's Office. She was again interviewed by Longview investigators.

"During the interview, Bruton told Investigators that she took a burning piece of board out of the fireplace and put it on the chair. The fire on the chair spread and ultimately caused the house to catch fire which resulted in the deaths of Russell and Tesmer," LFD says.

Bruton is being held in the Denton County Correctional Center on a $250,000 bond on an unrelated arson charge. She will be held there on a $500,000 bond out of Gregg County before being transferred back to Longview.

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