Woman, 22, accused of starting deadly fire in her Brooklyn apartment building

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DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – A 22-year-old woman was arrested Friday for allegedly setting her Brooklyn apartment building on fire, killing two of her neighbors and injuring several others, police said.

Joanna Mei faces a charge of arson and two counts of murder, police said.

She’s accused of starting a Thursday morning fire at an apartment building on 11th Avenue between 67th Street and Ovington Avenue, police said.

The blaze was sparked at about 7 a.m. When firefighters put out the flames, two residents were found dead inside their third-floor apartment. The victims were identified as Feng Xu, 56, and Xi Huang, 58, police said. They both lived in the same unit.

At least ten others were hurt, including a 3-month-old boy and 4-year-old girl. The children and two adults were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

Investigators believe the fast-moving fire was deliberately set because an accelerant was found in the building’s lobby.

Law enforcement sources told PIX11 News that Mei was captured on surveillance video. She returned to the scene of the fire, was recognized from that footage and brought in for questioning.

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