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Wanted: Caretaker of children who started 3-alarm fire at Motel 6

Tara Elizabeth Piccione, 31 has been charged with two counts of child abandonment with intent to return

HOUSTON — The woman who investigators said left two children alone Wednesday at a Motel 6 has been charged with two counts of child abandonment with intent to return.

Now they need help finding her.

The unattended children were playing with a lighter that started a massive fire at the motel, destroying much of the building and sending seven people to the hospital, including the kids themselves. 

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Tara Elizabeth Piccione, 31, is being sought by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Crime Stoppers. Investigators said the charges she faces are state jail felonies.

The 3-alarm fire broke out around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Motel 6 at 19606 Cypresswood Court. 

At the time of the fire, approximately 30 rooms were being occupied, displacing numerous people. 

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