- A woman was killed and two men were injured in an apparent arson attack at a home yesterday on Long Island (NY). A neighbor was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon.
A woman was killed and two men were injured in an apparent arson fire at a home yesterday morning in Hempstead, Long Island (NY).
Daryle McClenic, 35, was later charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal possession of a weapon , Nassau County police said, Newsday reported. The suspect was arraigned today for the fire that broke out yesterday at the house next to his, authorities said without offering further details.
The fire broke out at 103 Front St. around 6:30 am yesterday and about 55 firefighters worked to battle the flames and rescue occupants in the three-story home. Rescuers found a woman dead inside and also pulled out a man who suffered severe burns , Hempstead Fire Chief Michael Utaro said.
The other injured suffered smoke inhalation and cuts and bruises while escaping the fire, according to News12. The names and ages of the victims have not been released.
“The fire was contained relatively quickly by the fire department,” Utaro added. “They did a good job of suppressing it and evacuating as many people as they could.” Five adults and two children were able to get out safely, but a woman was trapped on the second floor.
“I just heard a noise and I saw that the man was all burned,” said a 20-year-old mother of two who did not want to be identified. She said she lived in a separate unit on the second floor of the two-family home and managed to escape the flames.
“I couldn’t believe it,” witness Shawn Smith told ABC News . “I was sleeping and I went out to see what was going on.” Red Cross personnel were also helping people who lost their homes and were left on the streets.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) September 27, 2022