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Young Woman Indicted In Fire That Injured Firefighter

Young Woman Indicted In Fire That Injured Firefighter

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The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

May 03, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD – In case you missed it over the weekend, prosecutors said a 19-year-old woman was indicted on charges that she set a fire her apartment last month, severely injuring a firefighter who rescued two people, because she was angry during a domestic fight.

The Baltimore Sun’s Jessica Anderson reported that Brittany Katina Garcia was indicted on charges of first-degree arson, seven counts of reckless endangerment and malicious burning. The April 7 fire on Liberty Heights Avenue left Jeffrey Novack of Truck Company 12 recovering from a fractured hip and burns to his arms and hands:

Fire union officials said that Novak went into the apartment building without back up because another engine company was delayed due to rotating closures of fire companies that are being done to save money. It was the latest salvo in this long-running battle between firefighters and the mayor’s office. Last year, a man died in a fire that union officials said was due in part because of delays from the closures.

Novack is expected to make a full recovery. Here is the statement from the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office:

Baltimore, MD – April 30, 2010 – State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced today that the Baltimore City Grand Jury indicted Brittany Katina Garcia, 19, of the 4800 of Hawksbury Road for first-degree arson, seven counts of reckless endangerment and malicious burning. The indictment was filed April 29, 2010.

Court documents allege that on April 7, 2010 Brittany Katina Garcia was responsible for burning a three-story apartment building in the 3900 block Liberty Heights Avenue. When fire units arrived at the scene of the fire the second floor apartment was engulfed in flames and a second alarm was requested for additional manpower.

The investigation revealed the fire was incendiary in nature and deliberately set. Damages were estimated at $90.000.00 for structural and $20,000.00 for content. Witness(es) identified Garcia as the person allegedly responsible for the fire.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding. Garcia is being held at the Baltimore City Detention Center without bail. An arraignment is scheduled for May 27, 2010 before Judge Lynn K. Stewart, 430 Courthouse East.