Police: Woman facing charges for deadly Connecticut apartment fire

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Monday, March 9, 2020
Babies thrown from windows to escape deadly building fire in Connecticut
One person is dead and dozens are in the hospital in Connecticut after an apartment fire early Sunday morning.

HARTFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- A Connecticut woman is accused of starting a fire at a five-story apartment building that left one man dead and dozens of residents injured, police said.

Destiny Waite, 28, was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree arson and first degree assault.

The blaze was reported at a five-story apartment building in Hartford around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, fire Chief James Errickson said.

Authorities identified the man who died as Jerome Kyser, 50, who lived in the building.

Mayor Luke Bronin's office said 31 residents were treated at a hospital and more than 60 families were displaced.

The city's Health and Human Services agency opened a temporary shelter and is helping the families find other housing

Waite was in custody on $900,000 bail.


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