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New York Woman Indicted In Connection To Fire That Injured 4 Firefighters, Displaced 60 Residents

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A New York City woman has been indicted in connection to a fire in Paterson, New Jersey, that left several firefighters injured and dozens of people without a place to live.

It happened on Aug. 3, 2020, at a building on Cianci Street.

According to the Passaic County prosecutor's office, 38-year-old Yanit Valdez, of New York City, lit paper towels on fire after getting into an argument with a resident inside an apartment. Officials say the flames then spread to a couch, resulting in a fire that spread to multiple residences.

Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the blaze, and 60 residents were displaced.

Valdez is facing multiple charges, including aggravated arson and aggravated assault.

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