When Squatting, Don’t Set Fire to the Building

It would seem good manners, if not also wise practice, that when squatting in a building you don’t set it on fire.

But Fire Department officials now say that a two-alarm fire in the Bronx last week was set by Kristen Nixon, 30, who was living illegally in the building. Ms. Nelson allegedly became incensed after a fight and returned with a flammable liquid, which she poured in the basement hallway outside the door of a bedroom where all four of the victims were staying, according to the Fire Department of New York, reports the Associated Press.

Ms. Nelson has been charged with first and second-degree arson, reckless endangerment, and four counts of first-degree assault, and could face up to 25 years in prison.

lkusisto@observer.com

 

When Squatting, Don’t Set Fire to the Building