A lower East Side woman is wanted for her alleged role in a fire that broke out in her house Wednesday.
New Castle police have charged Leila Lynn Williams, 39, of 613 E. Main St., in connection with the fire and with an alleged assault of a fireman and the police who tried to remove her from the burning house.
According to a criminal complaint, the fire broke out in and was confined to a second-floor bedroom on the southwest corner. The report said the cause of the fire, which started about three feet from the door, appeared to be the intentional ignition of clothing, cardboard and other paper, and the city fire investigator found partially burned clothing in the hallway. He reported that the main damage of the house was smoke infiltration, and that the actual fire was limited.
The complaint reports that Williams was at home when the fire started.
A fireman who entered reported that he heard someone shouting on the second floor and he went upstairs to find Williams in the hallway outside of the bedroom. He said she entered the bedroom and he grabbed her arm to stop her, she spun around and attacked him and pushed him back to the top of the stairs. He reported to the police that she then got close to his face and tried to bite him, and he grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against a wall. He said he struggled to get Williams out of the house and that she seemed to have no intention of leaving the house on her own, the report said.
When the police arrived and tried to arrest her, she fought them and banged her head on the side of the cruise and kicked at the officers, according to the complaint. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, police reported.
She is charged with three counts of arson, two counts of simple assault, harassment and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of criminal mischief, aggravated assault and obstructing emergency services.
A warrant was issued for her arrest, pending her release from the hospital.