Friday, February 25, 2005


It was a woman, angry at her ex-boyfriend, that apparantly caused a destructive fire that destroyed seven businesses in Plant City Monday night, causing an estimated $3 million in damage.

Angelica Ruth Lockett, 58, admitted to investigators that she wanted to cause some damage, so she flicked a lit cigarette into the back of his store onto some bedding, then walked away. It did a lot more damage than she thought. Her ex-boyfriend's business, Mark's Electronics, was among those destroyed. She now faces seven counts of arson, since seven businesses went up in smoke as a result of her action.

The fire roared out of control for some time, and Plant City firefighters had to seek assistance from Tampa, Hillsborough County, and Lakeland departments to battle the inferno.


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