A Maryland woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly setting her house on fire while another woman was inside before sitting in a lawn chair to watch it burn.
Gail Metwally, 47, was caught on video wearing a white tank top and sun hat sitting with a book in her lap while her house in Elkton went up in flames around 1:15 pm last Thursday.
An unknown man narrates the video as the fire engulfs the entire house in seconds, while Metwally watches casually from her front yard.
“She just set the trash can on fire!” says the man.
Oh my f ** king God, this isn’t happening right now! She lit the damn house! Oh my God! I can’t really believe my eyes. I really can’t believe it, and she just sits there chilling – watching the house go up in flames! ‘
He continues: ‘Like yes, I watch the st go down! Oh, my God, this is, this has become serious, serious business now! ‘
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While the house was on fire, witnesses heard a resident call for help in a basement window and bystanders helped her safely out of the window
Metwally, 47, was caught on video wearing a white camisole and sun hat sitting with a book in her lap while her home in Elkton went up in flames.
Gail Metwally has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly setting her house on fire and seeing it burning from the lawn while people were inside
The inferno grew within seconds to engulf the entire building as bystanders saved a person in the house by lifting her out of a window
Witnesses told investigators they saw Metwally put multiple fires in the house before sitting in the chair, according to a press release of the Office of the State Fire Marshall.
“After a few minutes, Metwally walked away from the crime scene,” officials said.
While the house was on fire, witnesses heard a resident call for help in a cellar window. Bystanders helped her safely out of the window. ‘
Officials said a total of four people, including Metwally, live in the house, but two of them weren’t there.
The woman who was rescued from the inferno was identified as Blenda Holbrook, 52, by WMAR.
Holbrook’s sister Pat Bernal told the outlet that someone had thrown a trash can on the stairs blocking Holbrook’s exit, believed to be Metwally.
Motives for the arson weren’t immediately clear, but Bernal told WMAR that Metwally had recently returned to Cherry Lane’s home after being “ incarcerated elsewhere due to mental health issues. ”
“Repeated pleas to the authorities in recent months to address her ongoing behavioral issues have been ignored,” the outlet reported.
Bernal said her sister “nearly got burned in that house.”
‘I’m just very grateful that she’s okay. When she spoke to me she said, “Pat, it burned my hair. It scorched my hair and he lost everything, ”said Bernal, referring to the man she rented a room with.
She added, “During this COVID they rented a room from him as far as I understand, and he couldn’t kick her out because of COVID, but what does it take?”
“I’m just so grateful for the two guys who got her out of that basement, because I don’t think she would be here today if they hadn’t helped her.”
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office found Metwally nearby and detained her before she was transported to the Maryland State Police’s North East Barrack. She is currently being held at the Cecil County Detention Center.
Metwally has been charged with first and second degree attempted murder, first degree arson, and first degree assault – as well as two charges of first degree malicious burning, malicious property destruction and reckless threat each.
She has another open lawsuit in Cecil County with five charges for deliberately destroying property for an April 10 incident, court records show.