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Woman charged with arson in apt. fire

Posted at 1:17 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 17:34:12-04

A 59-year-woman has been charged with arson and attempted first-degree murder for allegedly starting a two-alarm fire at a Rosedale apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

Baltimore County Police said Romaine Wilson, a resident of the complex, had an ongoing dispute with management and had complained about the stove in her apartment, asking if it could be replaced with the stove in the model apartment.

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A rental agent told her that wasn’t possible, so Wilson left, police said, then returned visibly upset.

The agent felt unsafe, police said, so she locked the office door. Then Wilson allegedly banged on the door, poured a flammable liquid on the door and floor and set it on fire.

She was taken into custody at the scene.

Baltimore County Fire Department medical personnel evaluated six people at the scene, and one person was transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation.

All of the residents in the apartment building were displaced. The Red Cross is working with apartment management on relocating those residents.

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