Maryland Woman Set Home on Fire With Woman Inside, Sat in Lawn Chair to Watch: Officials

May 5, 2021 Updated: May 5, 2021

Authorities in Maryland arrested a woman who they said set fire to her home with someone inside and was allegedly captured on video sitting in a lawn chair while it went up in flames.

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.

“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.