Police: Arsonist bragged 'I did it' as he watched fatal fire - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Police: Arsonist bragged 'I did it' as he watched fatal fire

Posted: Updated:

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say witnesses told them the suspect in a house fire that killed a 4-year-old girl and two women stood around as the structure burned, bragging that he set the blaze.

Pittsburgh police believe 41-year-old Martell Smith set the fire early Wednesday after getting into a bar fight with a relative of the victims, who also lived at the home.

Smith is charged with three counts of homicide, along with arson and drug charges. A 26-year-old woman who was with him was also taken into custody.

Police say a witness overheard Smith muttering "yep, yep, I did it," while fire crews battled the fire.

Police say Smith and the woman reeked of gasoline when they were taken into custody.

It wasn't known Thursday if either one has retained an attorney who could comment on the accusations.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:08:38 GMT

     A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. 

    More >>

     A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. 

    More >>
  • Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:20:03 GMT
    (CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...(CSIRO via AP). This December 2016 photo provided by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, a dead shearwater bird rests on a table next to a plastic straw and pieces of a red balloon found inside of it on North Stradbroke Is...
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
    Cities and even countries now such as Great Britain are looking at banning straws because plastic pollution is a huge global problem.More >>
  • Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:19:59 GMT
    (Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...(Kyodo News via AP). CORRECTS YEAR - In this April 19, 2018, photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mt. Io, foreground, part of the Kirishima mountain range on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, taken over Ebino city, Miyazaki prefecture. The Meteorol...
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.More >>
    A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and the authorities have set up a no-go zone around the mountain.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms