A police document shows the suspect in a Paris apartment building fire that killed 10 people was detained after she allegedly tried to torch a car nearby.
The police document obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday states officers responding to a trash can fire early Tuesday spotted the woman with her hand in another trash can, staring at fire trucks streaming toward the apartment building.
The document says the officers put the woman under brief surveillance and detained her after she allegedly tied a scarf around a car’s rear-view mirror and raised a cigarette lighter to it.
Authorities say the suspect had a history of psychiatric problems.
French police have opened a criminal investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death.
A judicial official says that a suspect detained near a deadly Paris fire was drunk when she was arrested.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday as an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death is ongoing.
He said the 40-year-old female resident of the burned-out residence in rue Erlanger, in western Paris, was found to be drunk when apprehended on the street before dawn.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters at the scene of the blaze that authorities suspect the blaze was criminal in nature and that the detained female resident had “a history of psychiatric problems.”
Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn.