Arson Suspected in East Harlem Fire

tapeA 23-year-old man was critically injured in an East Harlem apartment building fire early Friday that appears to be the culmination of an ongoing dispute with a woman.

The blaze broke out on the eighth floor in the DeWitt-Clinton Houses on Lexington Avenue just before 1:15 a.m.

Four people were hurt, with the man sustaining the most serious injuries. He was rushed to the burn unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

A 28-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman and a 1-year-old girl who all live in the same apartment were also injured. They were treated at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Authorities believe the incident began as a dispute between the man and a female friend, possibly over a missing cell phone.

The fire apparently started in a pile of clothes in his apartment, and gasoline may have been used as an accelerant.

The woman was taken into custody and being questioned by detectives.


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