People living in a Susquehanna County apartment building are staying with friends after police said an arsonist tried to burn down their home.
The victims said they’re angry, but also have a touch of sympathy for the man charged.
“I’m glad everyone got out,” said tenant Debra White as she stared at the charred apartment building shortly after volunteers put out a fire Saturday afternoon.
White and a handful of tenants at the Hallstead apartment building said the fire could have been deadly.
ElIen Shankman first noticed the flames coming from arson suspect Frederick Bentler`s unit.
Shankman said he woke up a sleeping man in one room, then went to Bentler`s unit and tried to get him out.
“I kept pounding on his door, tried knocking the door in, couldn’t do it,” said Shankman, “I couldn’t get the door open, realized he wasn’t going to come to the door.”