OKLAHOMA CITY – An apartment fire in southwest Oklahoma City has raised questions and concerns about domestic violence.
Police said a fire broke out Friday morning after a man allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail into his ex-wife’s apartment.
Luckily, the woman survived the attack.
However, officers say the alleged suspect is still on the run.
Tall wooden boards cover the smashed in patio door, following the vicious fire attack overnight at the East Lake Village Apartments.
District Chief Randy Williams, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said, “This might be a crime of passion.”
Fire officials said they believe an ex-husband threw a fire bomb into the home of his ex-wife.
She was inside when it happened, but escaped unharmed.
Williams said, “The Molotov cocktail fell out instead of in the structure, so the main body of the fire was on the patio and grass.”
The victim’s neighbor rushed inside to douse the flames with an extinguisher.
The fire was out by the time crews arrived but they were able to find parts of the device.
He said, “It was a glass bottle with some type of cloth that was stuffed down in it. We actually retrieved the neck of the bottle.”
That bottle is now being analyzed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Officials said the outcome of this situation could have been much different.
He said, “This is a huge apartment complex. We could have had injuries, we could have had deaths.”
Police have identified a person of interest but no arrests have been made.
This is considered a felony arson charge, carrying a hefty punishment of 35 years in prison.