Boston Crew Disarms Combative Man at Fatal Fire

Firefighters were confronted by the man after finding a woman dead.


Boston firefighters disarmed a man who confronted them with a weapon at the scene of a suspected arson fire that left a woman dead Tuesday morning.

Crews responded to the six-story apartment building at 2-4 Fidelis Way in the Brighton section of the city and spotted the fire coming from a fourth-floor unit, according to WCVB-TV.

After getting the blaze under control, firefighters found a woman in her 80s dead on the kitchen floor.

Around the same time, they saw a man inside the unit trying to jump out a window who then confronted firefighters with a weapon, department spokesman Steve MacDonald told the news station.

"The man in the apartment was being combative towards firefighters. He did have a weapon. They were able to disarm him and get him safely out of the smoke filled apartment," he said.

No firefighters were injured in the incident.

Huan yuan Li, 55, was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and was later charged with arson, assault and hindering a firefighter.

Two maintenance workers also were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.