A woman enraged over a missing cell phone set fire to a pile of clothes in an East Harlem apartment Friday, igniting a blaze that left a man in critical condition, police said.
Manuella Lopez, 21, grabbed the garments inside a female friend’s eighth-floor flat in the DeWitt Clinton Houses, doused them in gasoline and then tossed her lit cigarette onto the pile shortly after 1 a.m., cops said.
Responding firefighters rescued a man from the apartment who had suffered severe burns. He was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, where doctors said he was in grave condition, officials said. Four other people, including an infant, were treated for minor injuries.
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