Revenge by arson

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DowntownJerseyCityList

2008 11 26

Charge: Told to leave apartment, she set fire

By MICHAELANGELO CONTE; JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

After being told by her roommate to pack her bags and leave for not paying rent, a Jersey City woman instead decided to try and burn down the apartment building, officials said.

After being told by her roommate to pack her bags and leave for not paying rent, a Jersey City woman instead decided to try and burn down the apartment building, officials said.

Fashima “Sash” Newson, 37, was arrested this week on charges she doused her roommate’s bed with gasoline, locked the roommate’s two pit bulls in the bathroom, closed the windows, turned on the stove, and tossed a lit candle onto the bed as she walked out, officials said.

Fortunately, the fire burned itself out and caused minimal damage.

“She had no regard for human life, the property or the two dogs,” Fire Director Armando Roman said of Newson, who was arrested 12:30 p.m. Monday and charged with aggravated arson, risking widespread injury and criminal mischief.

Fire Department arson investigators said that on Nov. 13 Newson tried to torch the three-story building on Westside Avenue at Montgomery Street while 10 people sat in the first-floor bar.

The candle ignited the gasoline, which erupted in flames, but with the windows shut, the oxygen in the room was quickly consumed and the fire died, Roman said.

Newson apparently wasn’t paying her share of the rent and prior to setting the fire her roommate told her to hit the road, Roman said. The roommate went to a friend’s home and left Newson to pack up and move, Roman said. But Newson instead tried to burn down the building, he said.

When she left the apartment, Newson went to where her roommate was staying and another argument broke out in front of witnesses, Roman said….(Full Story)


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