Maryland Woman Started Apartment Fire that Displaced 130 People Because She Was Angry With her Boyfriend

Investigators believe a woman started a massive apartment fire in Maryland that displaced 132 people and caused millions of dollars of damage because she was angry with her boyfriend.

ABC7’s Brad Bell reported Friday that authorities determined the September 17 fire was arson and arrested 32-year-old Natasha Joyner, who they believe started the blaze.

In September, firefighters responded to the fire in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue and found flames shooting from the building’s roof.

“I woke up and I smelled smoke,” said Anthony Benson, who only had time to pack a suitcase full of clothing before he ran to escape the flames. “I grabbed all my stuff together, and the God above saved my life.”

It took the Prince George’s County Fire Department several hours to get the fire under control.

When it was all said and done, four apartment buildings and 44 apartment units were damaged.

The National Capital Region of the American Red Cross worked to meet the immediate needs of the families who were displaced.

SOURCE: Brad Bell/ABC7 WJLA