- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

BOOTHWYN, Pa. (AP) - Fire investigators have concluded that a woman started a fire in her suburban Philadelphia home that killed her and critically injured her husband as he tried to save her.

The Upper Chichester Township fire marshal’s office said Monday that 50-year-old Brenda McCabe started fires Feb. 21 in the kitchen and living room of the home in Boothwyn, about 15 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

Fire Marshal Dave Holland said he believes McCabe’s clothing caught fire and she tried to get to a second-floor bathroom to extinguish them because the first-floor bathroom was blocked by fire.

Her body was found on the second floor. The medical examiner’s office concluded that she died of soot and smoke inhalation and thermal burns.

Holland ruled the fire “deliberately set by human hands and open flame.”


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