Gail J. Metwally, 47, was charged with arson and attempted murder, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office said in a news release.
Witnesses told officials that she set several fires in the house and then watched from a chair on the front lawn before walking away from the fire, according to the fire marshal’s office. Witnesses said they heard a woman screaming from the basement before they helped the woman out of the house, authorities said.
CECIL COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AFTER HOUSE FIRE
A woman sat in a lawn chair after setting her home on fire and watched the house become engulfed in flames. She then walks away while another person was inside. Bystanders later rescued the occupanthttps://t.co/iJcCN2ebpu pic.twitter.com/zCYhWeObRZ
— Maryland State Fire Marshal (@MarylandOSFM) April 30, 2021
“While responding to the scene, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office observed Metwally in the area, where she was detained and transported to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack,” the release said.
It added: “A total of 4 people resided in the home, including Metwally. Two were not home, while the third was still inside when Metwally committed the arson.”
Video footage uploaded to social media appeared to show the suspect watching the home slowly being engulfed in flames.
Other details about the incident were not provided.