35-year-old Ruben Garcia Juarez, Jr. and 22-year-old Brittany Martinez allegedly started the fire in the bathtub while they were being evicted from the Anson Park Apartments in north Abilene.
The sound of the smoke detector alerted apartment managers who were able to get to the fire in time to stomp it out.
Police later found the couple at a relative's house.
Both are charged with felony arson and each have a $50,000 bond.
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