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A Connecticut woman, started to have a fatal apartment fire on Sunday that killed one person and another injured, by the light of a bottle of hand sanitizer, and throwing on her best friend, according to the Hartford police department.
Destiny Waite, 28 were arrested hours after the fire, and facing a felony murder charge after police say her home-made Molotov cocktail was thrown during a heated argument and it resulted in the death of a 50-year-old tenant of the building. The Office of the medical examiner classified the death as a homicide due to smoke inhalation.
Waite had been identified by her friends as the one who started the fire, according to police.
“And the flaming bottle of cleaning splashed into the wall and the flames began to spread,” the warrant reads, according to the Hartford Courant. “We have some of the flame sanitizer hit [her] arms, causing them to catch fire and burn.”
A THREE-ALARM FIRE IN CONNECTICUT APARTMENT BUILDING LEAVES 1 DEAD, DOZENS HOSPITALIZED
At least 30 people were taken to the hospital because of the fire, and four people, including two children, were transported in critical condition but have since been stabilized, according to WSFB.
“When we looked at the door, and you don’t have to see it,” Yessenia Flores, a tenant, told the station. “The smoke took on the course, and you couldn’t see anything when you walked out the door.”
Firefighters deployed ground and ariel ladders to rescue the dwellers of the fire that displaced 60 families in need. They arrived on the scene to find smoke billowing from the third floor of the building, and the fire eventually spread to the upper floors.
“[Waite] explained that to the police, they are not in the house for a couple of days before the fire started. It is our view that it was the victim who caused the harm himself,” said Joseph Elder, Waite’s attorney, according to WFSB-TV.
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(Hartford Police Department)
She was charged with first-degree arson, four counts of first-degree assault and criminal attempt at murder. More charges are expected, police said.
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She was being held on $1 million bond after appearing in court on Monday, according to NBC Connecticut.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace contributed to this report