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Philadelphia man arrested for throwing gas on girlfriend as she smoked, igniting fatal fire

May 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Philadelphia man arrested for throwing gas on girlfriend as she smoked, igniting fatal fire

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Pennsylvania Authorities have arrested a Philadelphia man accused of throwing a cup of gasoline on his girlfriend as she smoked a cigarette during a dispute, igniting a fatal fire that killed the woman.

Philadelphia Police charged 46-year-old Kevin Small, with multiple charges including homicide and arson in the death of 46-year-old Mellissa Bacon-Smith, on Sunday.

Investigators said the blaze was started in a room at the Lincoln Motel in Bensalem, which is a suburb of Philadelphia. According to the criminal complaint, Small told police he purchased the gas from a convenience store across the street from the motel.

Fire crews responded to reports of thick black smoke coming from two rooms around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning and the fire was declared under control around 30 minutes later.

Firefighters rescued three people from second-floor rooms and emergency responders treated several people with injuries, mostly for smoke inhalation, but were considered non-life-threatening.

Police later found Small nearby, who reportedly called his mother after the incident admitting he threw gasoline in Bacon-Smith’s face before saying she looked ‘like Freddy Kruger,’ ABC reported.

Investigators said it remained unclear what sparked the horrific act. However, Lieutenant Robert Bugsch told ABC: ‘Small alleged she laughed at him earlier in the night, but that’s his side of the story.’

During his arraignment on Sunday afternoon, reporters asked Smith if he had anything to say to Bacon-Smith’s family, he responded, “I lost it. I hurt someone I love, I’m sorry.”

Police said The Southeastern Pennsylvania Red Cross was assisting with displaced motel residents and customers.

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