WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Investigators have arrested a suspect who police believe deliberately set a West Hartford condo on fire Tuesday.
At around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, Daigin Mosby, 38, was taken into custody after his release from the hospital and was charged with Arson and Reckless Endangerment.
He is currently being held at the West Hartford Police Department on a $500,000 bond.
Investigator’s flashlights illuminate the charred room.
“I was out as fast as could possibly be,” said Catherine Nitchke, a neighbor.
After flames rip through this third floor West Hartford condo around 3 a.m. on Kane Street, neighbors heard yelling and knocking on doors.
“I could immediately smell gas, smoke, clearly this was not a drill,” said Nitchke.
She ran out with her chihuahua, Harley. In fact everyone got out safely.
“The alarm system was going off. The smoke detectors worked. Several of the residents were in the hallways making sure the people got out. Made our job much easier because the building was evacuated,” said Battalion Chief John Sulkowski, West Hartford Fire Department.
He says it took minutes to put out the flames, but the investigation will take a lot longer. Crime scene tape surrounded this charred gas can.
And firefighters say they haven’t been able to reach the man who lives in the condo where it started.
“I believe he got out of the building OK and he’s no longer on scene,” said Sulkowski.
While they figure out the cause, about 100 residents are still reeling over the night’s events.
“This is very different than any other evacuation I’ve ever been through in the 20 years I’ve lived here. I was ducking and covering through smoke to get out of the building,” said Nitchke.
Neighbors were packing up their cars, getting ready to go. They say they’re going to be out of their condos 3 to 5 days. The Red Cross was on scene trying to help them too.