An elderly woman is dead, 30+ people are injured and at least 100 are homeless after candles used in a voodoo sex ceremony sparked a fatal five-alarm fire in Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The inferno started when a woman "paid $300 to a voodoo priest for a ceremony to bring her good luck," reports NBC New York.
A city official says the man was known in the neighborhood as a priest and the two were having sex when the fire started. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Candles on the floor around a bed where the ceremony took place ignited bed linens and clothes on the floor, fire officials said. Instead of calling 911, the man began retrieving water from a bathroom sink in a futile effort to put it out, but the flames only grew. According to Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, the occupant then opened the door to the hallway, which "allowed fire to spread into the hallway."
Opening the door "allowed wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour to shoot 'the flames back inside, creating a blowtorch effect', reports the New York Times.
Money quote from the New York Post: "She told [fire marshals] that while she was having sex, she was getting aroused, she was getting into it and she didn't realize that their activity had knocked over some of the candles around the bed," [a] source said."
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