Woman charged for deadly Allentown arson

February 24, 2008 6:31:43 AM PST
An Allentown woman has been charged with starting an apartment fire that killed an elderly man and left 22 people homeless.

Police say 42-year-old Holly Ann Applegate was staying in the same apartment as the 82-year-old victim and several others.

The 2:30 a.m. blaze last Sunday also injured a firefighter.

Applegate is being held without bail in Lehigh County on homicide, arson and other charges after her arrest Friday. It was not immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

Applegate has prior convictions involving drug and prostitution charges.

Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com