Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teen charged with setting blaze

By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, April 9- A teen fighting with her mother intentionally set the blaze that injured a half dozen firefighters and left two-dozen residents of the Fordham Heights building homeless
Firefighters were called to the six-story building at 2254 Cedar Avenue at W. Fordham Road, at just before 9 a.m., on April 6, when the fire broke out on the fifth-floor, but quickly spread to the top floor and roof.
One woman, visible shaken, revealed, "They (firefighters) said that someone set the fire and we lost everything."
The fire victim added that many years ago another intentional blaze was set inside the same apartment.
It took 150 firefighters more than an hour-and-a-half to stop the blaze, that damaged three-apartments and sent dozens of residents, including Metropolitan Opera singer Andrey Namzer.
Six firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.]
Fire marshals would later question Princess Martinez, 19, who eventually confessed to setting the blaze after having a heated argument with her mother. The teen reportedly set fire to a mattress before exiting the apartment. The mother escaped unharmed.
Martinez was later charged with arson and remains held on $100,000 bail.  

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