Woman charged after setting her own house on fire

Woman charged after setting her own house on fire

At first, a woman sitting on her lawn, relaxing while reading a book, looks innocent. That was not the case! 

woman sitting outside burning house
Source: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal/Facebook

According to the office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal Facebook page, the Deputy State Fire Marshals charged an Elkton woman with multiple arson-related charges, including attempted murder, after intentionally setting her home on fire while another person was inside.

The incident happened on 29 April 2021 when authorities responded to the dwelling fire.  

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The woman was identified as Gail Metwally. She “set multiple fires within the home and then sitting in a chair on the front lawn, where she watched the fire engulf the home. After a few minutes, Metwally walked away from the scene. While the home was on fire, witnesses heard an occupant in a basement window yelling for help.”

Luckily, bystanders in the area safely assisted her out the window.  The woman was detained and transported to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack. 

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Metwally has been charged with 1st and 2nd Degree Attempted Murder, 1st Degree Arson, 1st Degree Assault, two counts of Malicious Burning 1st Degree, two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment.

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Image credit: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal/Facebook

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