Woman Accused of Starting Fatal Bronx Fire

The two-alarm blaze brought 100 firefighters to the building and left 10 other residents seriously injured, including a 4-year-old child

Monday, Oct 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:35 AM EDT
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Woman Accused of Starting Fatal Bronx Fire

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Wendy Walston

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Fire Marshals have arrested a 46-year-old woman for allegedly starting a fire in a Bronx building that left one man dead and injured 10.

Officials say that on Sept. 12, Wendy Walston started a fire in her 2nd floor apartment at 2727 University Ave. that caused the death of 50-year-old Thomas Galvin, who she lived with.

The two alarm blaze brought 100 firefighters to the building and left 10 other residents seriously injured, including a 4-year-old child.

"This senseless fire took the life of one man, and nearly took the lives of several others," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  "I commend our Fire Marshals for their relentless efforts to find and apprehend the person responsible for this callous act."

Walston has been charged with manslaughter, arson, reckless endangerment, and assault.

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