PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A suspect has been charged in connected with a fire in South Philadelphia on Friday.
Forty-six-year-old Christopher Smith was charged with attempted murder and arson in connection with the fire on Sigel Street.
Investigators say he pushed in a window air conditioner, and then lit a flame.
Minutes later, Smith allegedly returned to the 1700 block of Sigel Street with more accelerant, trapping a woman, man and child.
Police Lt. Jonathan Josey was off-duty in the area and ran to help those people escape.
Josey was recently acquitted of assault charges after video surfaced of him punching a woman the day of last year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.