Kansas City Woman Arrested on Arson and Murder Charges After Two Firefighters Are Killed

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A Kansas City woman is facing up to 30 years in prison if convicted on charges of arson and second-degree murder.

Two veteran firefighters were killed when the crumbling building’s walls fell down around them, surrounding them, just after they’d safely rescued two trapped people on the second floor.

Larry Leggio, a 17-year veteran, and John Mesh, a 13-year veteran, were unable to get out, leading to murder charges for Thu Hong Nguyen, a woman who seems to have a blazing trail.

An investigation revealed that the fire was intentionally set by the nail salon owner, with acetone and/or alcohol as the fuel source, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
She’d revealed to authorities that she’d benefited from insurance payouts in past fires.

The ATF in Kansas City concluded the fire started in the nail salon’s storage room, using an open flame and fuel.

Back in January, there was a fire at the same address, started in the apartment above her salon. Investigators determined that fire was purposely started as well.

In July of 2013, the alleged pyromaniac was involved with another fire in another nail salon.

Investigators had found that the fire had started at her work station, but determined the it to be an accident in that case.

Her bail has been set at $2 million.

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The victims, Larry Leggio and John Mesh

 

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