Ex-Roommate Set West Hollywood Apartment on Fire to Spite Roomie, Cops Say
Roommate-on-roommate violence got flammable over the weekend when a woman set her ex-roomie's pad ablaze in West Hollywood, authorities said: In the process the suspect also ended up damaging as many as 5 units.
It happened Sunday at 1:52 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Sweetzer Ave., near Sunset Boulevard, according to sheriff's officials.
Here's what the jilted ex-roommate allegedly did, according to a sheriff's statement:
Investigators learned that the fire was deliberately set by the victim's ex-roommate as a result of a prior argument. After breaking a front window, the suspect threw an open container of charcoal lighter fluid along with a burning object, possibly paper into the victim's living room. The victim was able to exit the location and positively identify the suspect as her ex-room mate.
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Firefighters had the blaze out in about 20 minutes, but not before it did about $300,000 worth of damage to the building, according to deputies and fire officials.
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L.A. County Fire and sheriff's officials told City News Service that the victim's apartment and as many as four others in the building were uninhabitable as a result of this person's rage.
Most of the adjacent damage appeared to be the result of firefighters' water.
The flame-throwing suspect is still on the loose, officials said. Look out for an angry person with charcoal lighter fluid in-hand.
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