Angry at Child’s Mother, Man Sets Fire to Entire Apartment Building

One person was killed in the fire. Browne said the unidentified victim was apparently not part of the dispute and was found on the third floor fire escape burned beyond recognition.

An off-duty firefighter from Los Angeles, who was dining in the area, spotted the flames and ran over to the building where he was confronted by [suspect Chu] Wu who wouldn’t let him into the building, Browne said.

The suspect also fought with a police officer and New York City firefighters who were trying to enter the building. Wu was treated at a hospital for bruises and a police officer was treated for a broken hand, Browne said.

…Esposito said firefighters had to use the rear fire escape and portable ladders because the heavy fire had burned away the stairways. The fire completely gutted the inside of the building and at least nine people, including seven firefighters, suffered minor injuries. It was declared under control at 9:20 p.m.

Suspected arsonist arrested for setting fatal SoHo fire in domestic dispute, NYPD says. Crimesider, 1/11/2013.

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