A Maryland woman has been charged with attempted murder after she allegedly set her home on fire while another woman was inside before sitting in a lawn chair to watch it burn.
Gail Metwally, 47, was caught on video watching as the home was engulfed by flames in Elkton, about 50 miles north east of Baltimore last Thursday afternoon.
Metwally is seen on cell phone footage dressed in a white top and sun hat while sitting on the lawn with a book in her lap as she watches the inferno take hold.
An unidentified man narrates the video as the blaze tears through the home within minutes while Metwally casually watches from her front lawn.
‘She lit the trash can on fire,’ the man says.
‘… Oh my God! I cannot actually believe my eyes. I cannot actually believe it, and she’s sitting there just chillin’ — watching the house go up flames!’
‘…Oh, my God, this is, this is now turned into a serious, serious thing!’
Witnesses told investigators that they saw Metwally setting multiple fires within the home before then sitting in the chair, according to a press release from the Office of the State Fire Marshall.
‘After a few minutes, Metwally walked away from the scene,’ officials said.
‘While the home was on fire, witnesses heard an occupant in a basement window yelling for help. Bystanders safely assisted her out the window.’
Officials said that a total of four people, including Metwally, live in the home but two of them were not there.
The woman who was rescued from the inferno was identified as Blenda Holbrook, 52.
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office found Metwally nearby and detained her before she was transported to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack.
Metwally has been charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson and first degree assault – as well as two counts each of first degree malicious burning, malicious destruction of property and reckless endangerment.