Cleaner Sets Fire To Mattress Out Of Bed Bug Fear, And "Laziness"

12/28/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • By Melissa Grace nydailynews.com

A public housing building cleaner was charged with arson for setting fire in a hallway to a mattress she feared was infested with bedbugs, officials said.

Miriam Ortiz, 36, was to be arraigned on felony arson and reckless endangerment charges last night for the Sept. 8 blaze in the Manhattanville houses, prosecutors said.

Her bizarre action was rooted in her "fear of bedbugs and laziness," a source said.

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