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Nearby gasoline?

> A Brooklyn woman angry over her building’s trash-filled halls set a garbage can on fire then kicked it over, triggering a massive blaze that killed two people, police said Friday.

Joanna Mei, 22, was charged with two counts of murder and arson for starting the fire in her three-story brick building on 11th Ave. near 67th St. in Dyker Heights around 7 a.m. Thursday.

Although she first denied smelling smoke, the nursing student gave statements admitting to causing the fire and had a small burn on her right hand, sources said.

Mei told police she was both upset about the trash and about a relative’s death several years ago, sources said.

After setting the fire in the garbage can, she told cops that she changed her mind and tried to put it out by kicking it over, thus spreading the burning rubbish, sources said.

The fire spread to nearby gasoline, which also erupted in flames – accounting for the speed in which it spread, the sources said.
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November 12th, 2017 10:50am
Investigators believe the fast-moving fire was deliberately set because an accelerant was found in the building’s lobby.

Authorities say Mei made statements indicating she set fire to the materials left in the hallway. She is believed to have used accelerant that she had in her possession.

"I was walking down the stairs and a few steps down I saw some bicycles laying around and something that looked like water on the floor," she said. "Some of the water got on me too and it smelled."
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November 12th, 2017 3:39pm

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