- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - Two people who police say started a fatal Pennsylvania rooming house fire during an argument have been jailed on charges they killed the man who died in the fire.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for 53-year-old Alice Reimiller and 65-year-old Thomas McQueen.

Both lived in a Hazleton rooming house in March where police say they got into an argument in their room. Police say McQueen lit a box and tossed it at Reimiller in anger. That caught their room on fire and eventually the whole building.

Another resident, Gordon Wanser, died of smoke inhalation.

The suspects are both charged with second-degree murder, arson and other crimes. Second-degree murder is any killing that occurs during another felony - in this case, arson - and carries a mandatory life prison sentence upon conviction.


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