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Woman Burns House Down, Happily Watches While Someone Is Stuck Inside via Facebook: Fox6 News Milwaukee, via Facebook: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal
via Facebook: Fox6 News Milwaukee, via Facebook: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal

In Cecil County, Maryland, a woman allegedly set her house on fire with another person inside… then sat in a fold-up chair to casually watch the inferno burning from her front lawn. The Maryland woman has been identified as 47-year-old Gail Metwally.

Metwally is now facing several serious charges: first and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, first-degree assault, malicious burning, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and two counts of reckless endangerment.

The Creepy Incident

via Facebook: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal

On April 29, Gail J. Metwally set fires within her own home on Cherry Lane in Elkton, Maryland. Then, she reportedly set up in the front yard on a fold-up lawn chair to watch the massive flames engulf the house. That’s when witnesses called the fire department, who arrived at the scene around 1:15 pm according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

Metwally’s wild arson spree sounds terrifying enough — but there was also another person stuck inside the house! According to Deputy State Fire Marshals, Metwally lived with three other people but only one of those residents was home during the life-threatening house fire. And thankfully, she made it out alive. A video, now trending across social media platforms, captures that frightening moment.

An Unbelievable Video

In the viral video, attached above, you can hear the witness remarking, “Oh my God,” as they realize the extent of this blazing house fire. At first, the shocking focus is on Metwally who is “just chilling back” as the house gets destroyed. Then, it becomes clear that someone is stuck inside and the surreal video turns into a real-time rescue documentation. “Hurry!” the witness yells as two bystanders run to pull a woman out from a window.

The surviving victim has been identified as 52-year-old Blenda Holbrook. Holbrook’s sister, Pat Bernal, says that Holbrook had been trapped in the basement by a trash can blocking the stairs… which sounds like a further indication of Metwally’s dark intentions when setting fire to the place on Cherry Lane. Metwally fled the scene soon after the events caught on tape, but she was quickly detained by Maryland State Police.

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According to Bernal, Metwally was recently hospitalized for mental health issues and had been requesting additional behavioral help — a plea that was ignored by authorities. Apparently, Metwally had been renting a room at the Cherry Lane residence throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Emily Mack About the author:
Emily Mack is a staff writer for Rare. She currently lives in Chicago and has very strong opinions about where to find the best hot dog. She studied nonfiction writing at Columbia University in New York City, and recently graduated with the Ellis Avery Prize for creative writing. Her favorite topics are Cher, fast fashion, Chicago urban legends, and Jack Nicholson movies.
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