Cleaner who feared bedbugs is accused of arson
October 28, 2010
NEW YORK — A public housing building cleaner was charged with arson for setting fire in a hallway to a mattress she feared was infested with bedbugs, according to the Daily News.
Miriam Ortiz, 36, was to be arraigned on felony arson and reckless endangerment charges last night for the September 8 blaze in the Manhattanville houses, the article noted.
"The fire ... could have ended in tragedy but for the quick response of firefighters," said Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn, whose agency investigated.
According to the article, Ortiz could have easily called an exterminator and workmen to dispose of the bed.
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