Police: Woman charged with setting deadly fire in 5-story apartment building

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman is accused of starting a fire at a five-story apartment building that left one man dead and dozens of residents injured, police said.

Destiny Waite, 28, was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree arson and first degree assault.

The blaze was reported at a five-story apartment building in Hartford around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, fire Chief James Errickson said. Authorities identified the man who died as Jerome Kyser, 50, who lived in the building.

Mayor Luke Bronin’s office said 31 residents were treated at a hospital and more than 60 families were displaced. The city’s Health and Human Services agency opened a temporary shelter and is helping the families find other housing

Waite was in custody on $900,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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