Teen girl, 15, charged with murder over deadly Bronx building fire that claimed man's life

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A New York City girl was arrested and charged with murder over the deadly fire that ravaged a Bronx building last week killing an innocent man.

The 15-year-old was spotted by neighbors and caught on surveillance footage entering the building at 1211 Evergreen Avenue in Soundview at around 2 p.m. on January 29.

The juvenile suspect had a water bottle when she entered the building but left shortly later without it. Investigators said that the bottle contained lighter fluid to start the blaze.

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  • Police learned that the teen was “known to frequent the area” and had a dispute with a resident of the building who was not the victim.

    The FDNY put out the heavy flames and found a man dead inside the burned-out structure. The victim was later identified as Abdoukarim Sakolly.

    The girl faces charges of murder, assault, arson, reckless endangerment, and criminal mischief.