According to the Executive Aide to Springfield’s Fire Commissioner, Dennis Leger, a man barricaded himself in a second floor bedroom with another female inside. He then lit a pile of clothing that was on the floor in the middle of the room on fire, before jumping out of the window.
Other women who were in the apartment were able to call for help. Firefighters were able to remove the couch from in front of the bedroom door and extinguish the fire.
The man fled the scene.
The Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad are investigating.