Hartford, Conn., — Hartford police believe a fire that tore through an apartment building and killed a 50-year-old man started when 28-year-old Destiny Waite lit a bottle of hand sanitizer afire and threw it at her girlfriend shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to NBC News.
The blaze consumed the building’s top floors, killing Jerome Kyser, who reportedly succumbed to smoke inhalation, and leaving two children and a pair of adults critically injured. The surviving victims were airlifted to Bridgeport Hospital.
Waite faces charges of murder, arson and assault, according to the report, which says she’s being held on $1 million bond.
Waite’s lawyer said his client was not in the building when the incident occurred and blames Waite’s girlfriend for trying to frame her.
Dozens of residents at Charter Oak Apartments were left homeless by the fire, according to the report. At least 30 people were brought to area hospitals for treatment and observation.
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