Man Locks Girlfriend, Her Child in Burning TX Apartment

Mitchell Willetts

The Charlotte Observer

(MCT)

A Texas man trapped his girlfriend and her 2-year-old child inside an apartment and set it on fire, according to Houston fire officials.

When firefighters arrived at the scene around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the woman and child were leaning out of a bedroom window, smoke billowing out from the smoldering interior, outlets reported.

The boyfriend allegedly locked them in the bedroom and fled, officials said, but firefighters were able to rescue them.

The woman and child were taken to a hospital and are in good condition. They only suffered minor smoke inhalation and are expected to fully recover, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Arson investigators believe a couch in the apartment was used to start the fire, KPRC reported.

Police are searching for the boyfriend, as well as a stolen vehicle, officials said.

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