Video: Witnesses tried stopping woman from starting apartment fire

Video: Witnesses tried stopping woman from starting apartment fire


TONIGHT WE ARE TALKING TO A MAN WHO RECORDED THE BEGINNING OF A KNOX COUNTY APARTMENT FIRE – ALSO HEARING THE URGENT CONVERSATION WITH THE WOMAN ACCUSED OF STARTING IT.. BO: WE’VE BEEN TELLING YOU CHRISTINA WALDMAN ALLEGEDLY SPREAD LIGHTER FLUID INSIDE HER APARTMENT ON COUNTRY CLUB WAY TUESDAY NIGHT.. SHE IS CHARGED WITH ARSON. BO: THAT FIRE – LEAVING 70-PEOPLE DISPLACED. TODAY THE KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – ESTIMATING THE COST OF DAMAGES FROM THIS FIRE TOTALS 750- THOUSAND DOLLARS. KRISTIN: BEFORE IMPACTING 18 APARTMENT UNITS THE FIRE WAS RECORDED.. A PAINTER – TRYING TO STOP WALDMAN.. IN OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT — 6 ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER LAURA HALM HEARS FROM THE PAINTER WHO SHOT THIS VIDEO – HEARING HIS ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED: SMOKE ALARMS ARE BEEPING… AND MUSIC IS PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND… NAT POP ARE YOU SURE THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT TO DO?…YEP…WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE LIVING UNDERNEATH YOU?’ DONALD TROUTT… RECORDING THESE MOMENTS… INSIDE A BURNING APARTMENT BUILDING. NAT POP “I’M TRYING TO HELP YOU…’I’M PRETTY SURE THIS SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. SO…’ BEFORE THE FLAMES SPREAD… TROUTT TELLS US… HE WAS PART OF A PAINTING CREW… FINISHING A JOB ON A BUILDING… HE SAYS… A WOMAN WAS ON HER BALCONY… AND HE ASKED HER FOR ACCESS TO FINISH UP… DONALD TROUTT – BIG ORANGE PAINTING “SHE WAS LIKE IF YOU WANT TO BURN WITH THIS BUILDING.’ WELL I THOUGHT SHE WAS SAYING LIKE HER KITCHEN WAS ON FIRE. NAH, SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT BURNING IT. I SAID MA’AM DO YOU NEED SOME HELP?’ SHE SAID NO I DON’T NEED NO HELP BURNING THE BUILDING DOWN.'” TROUTT WENT INSIDE… AND SAYS THAT’S WHEN HE STARTED RECORDING… HE SAYS THE APARTMENT WAS SOAKED IN LIGHTER FLUID… NAT POP YOU CARE IF WE PUT IT OUT REAL QUICK? TROUTT SAYS HE THOUGHT THE FLAMES WERE OUT… AND HE WENT OUTSIDE… DONALD TROUTT – BIG ORANGE PAINTING “WE STARTED RUNNING TELLING ALL THE NEIGHBORS AND ALL THAT TO GET OUT. PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO GET THEIR ANIMALS ALL THAT TYPE THING. WELL I GO BACK UP AND AS SOON AS I GO BACK UP, THE BUILDING EXPLODES AND I GOT THAT ON MY PHONE. AS SOON AS I HIT THE STEPS, RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR, IT EXPLODED, LIKE IT KNOCKED ME DOWN THE DOOR, IT EXPLODED, LIKE IT KNOCKED ME DOWN AND I HAD TO JUMP OFF THE SECOND FLOOR BALCONY.” BY SHARING THESE VIDEOS… TROUTT SAYS HE HOPES… THE COMMUNITY STEPS IN TO HELP THE FAMILIES WHO LOST EVERYTHING… DONALD TROUTT – BIG ORANGE PAINTING “I’M JUST GLAD THEY ALL MADE IT OUT OKAY AND I HOPE THEY’VE GOT A SAFE PLACE TO LAY THEIR HEAD.” IN KNOXVILLE… LH WATE 6 OYS… KRISTIN: UNDERSTANDA BLY… SO MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY… WANTING TO HELP… COUNTRY CLUB APARTMENT COMPLEX IS COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR ALL THE FAMILIES… THINGS LIKE DIAPERS… CLOTHING… BEDDING. BO: IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP… YOU CAN DROP OFF ITEMS AT THE “COUNTRY CLUB APARTMENTS’ OFFICE”… THEIR ADDRESS IS 84- HUNDRED COUNTRY CLUB WAY IN KNOXVILLE. BO: TONIGHT 5 PEOPLE…. INCLUDING A 2- YEAR-OLD AND A 9- YEAR-OLD…. ARE INJURED IN A CRASH ON I-81 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.

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