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Woman Upset By Trash In Hallway Allegedly Set Deadly Dyker Heights Fire

Woman Upset By Trash In Hallway Allegedly Set Deadly Dyker Heights Fire

The two-alarm blaze started around 7 a.m. inside a three-story building on 11th Ave. near 67th St.in Dyker Heights and quickly spread throughout.

A woman was taken into custody for her alleged involvement in the deadly Brooklyn apartment fire that killed two people Thursday. She is believed to have used accelerant that she had in her possession. Joanna Mei is charged with two counts of murder and two counts of arson. She has no prior arrests on her record. First responders discovered a 58-year-old man, identified as Xi Huang, and a 56-year-old woman, identified as Feng Xu, unresponsive on the third floor.

Specially trained dogs from the FDNY's Bureau of Fire Investigation K-9 Unit found possible accelerants in several places, including on the third floor where the bodies were found.

Ten people were injured, including three firefighters and the couple's grandchildren - a 3-month-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.

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The fire also damaged at least one business on the building's ground floor.

The building had no smoke detectors, officials said.

A neighbor George Rezk, 60, described the chaos Thursday, saying: "There was screaming and panicking and then six or seven fire engines".


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