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Miami Beach woman confesses to starting apartment fire with torch lighter

Mindrey Delgado, 30, who confessed to and is charged with setting a Collins Avenue apartment building on fire.
Mindrey Delgado, 30, who confessed to and is charged with setting a Collins Avenue apartment building on fire. Miami Beach Police

Miami Beach police made an arrest Friday evening in connection with the apartment fire that erupted Friday morning at 2814 Collins Avenue, displacing 60 residents and severely injuring one.

Mindrey Delgado, 30, was arrested at her Miami Beach home Friday night and confessed to using a torch lighter to set the building on fire. She started the fire close to Apartment 16, where she said her boyfriend Alexis, would stay from time to time.

Yan Iglesias, who lives in the apartment, told police that he woke up after he heard knocking on his front door Friday around 4:30 a.m. When he looked out through the peephole, he saw Delgado, his friend’s girlfriend, whom he knows as “Chiqui,” screaming “Alexis, Alexis.”

Next, his door was on fire.

Delgado told police that after knocking and screaming without response, she used a torch lighter to set the building on fire.

Delgado is charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree arson, bodily harm and first-degree arson.

Some residents heard Delgado screaming in the hallway before the fire broke out. Police arrived at the scene and began evacuating residents. Police and Red Cross officials placed families in nearby hotels Friday after building officials deemed the building unsafe.

A spokesperson for the Miami Beach police department said Saturday that the building remains closed, and families have not been able to return to their apartments.

The injured man, Juan Carlos Escobar, 36, suffered burns to 40 percent of his body and was listed in stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center as of Saturday morning.

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