Woman Charged in Deadly MidVille Blaze
by Ernest Hernandez
Nov 26, 2008 | 1237 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An upstate woman has been indicted in connection with a fatal blaze in Middle Village last June, which killed four people and injured four others, including herself.

Agnes Bermudez, 48, of Newburgh, New York, faces multiple charges stemming from a June 15th incident where its alleged that she intentionally lit her boyfriend, William Salazar, 31, on fire with a flammable liquid.

The fire quickly spread from his second floor apartment at 66-76 69th Street throughout the three-story building occupied by Salazar, killing a family of three: Flor Sandoval, 48, who lived with her husband Heriberto Garcia-Vera, 68, and their son Felipe Garcia, 20.

Salazar and Bermudez managed to escape the flames, and a nearby deli owner doused them with jugs of water. However, Salazar succumbed to his injuries four days later. Bermudez remains hospitalized with serious burns.

"The defendant is accused of turning a quiet summer morning into a terrifying ordeal for the residents of a Queens apartment building," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Bermudez faces multiple counts of second-degree murder, fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment and second-degree assault. She is being held without bail and ordered to appear in court on January 7. If convicted, she faces a 25-year prison sentence.

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