Police blamed a jilted lover for starting a two-alarm fire in Harford County last night that displaced eight families, including the woman's ex-boyfriend and his current companion.
A 28-year-old woman, identified as the victim's former lover, was arrested, and charges of arson and assault were pending, authorities said.
The trouble began just after 6 p.m. when the woman showed up at the Perrywood Garden apartment of Sherman Huff, 19, and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Tracy Murray, brandishing a knife, according to the Harford County sheriff's and state fire marshal's offices.
The couple told police the woman attacked them with a knife, stabbing Ms. Murray in the right side and cutting her fingers, and cutting Mr. Huff on the shoulder. The couple leaped out of a second-floor bedroom window to safety, authorities said.
Harford County deputies, called to the apartment to investigate a report of a domestic dispute involving a deadly weapon, arrived to find a fire spreading through the building and alerted the fire department.
The cause of the blaze was believed to be a firebomb thrown into the Huff apartment while the injured couple were away seeking medical treatment.
Fifty firefighters from Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Abingdon battled for more than 30 minutes before bringing the fire under control, according to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas.
Eight families displaced by the blaze were being helped by the Red Cross. The fire caused about $250,000 damage, with extensive heat, smoke and water damage throughout the apartment complex, near Aberdeen.
The sheriff's department arrested an Aberdeen woman last night, and said assault charges were pending. Mr. Thomas said the fire marshal's office was preparing to file arson charges as well.