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Woman Sets Boyfriend's Condo On Fire, Stares At The Flames Until Firefighters Arrive

| by Jonathan Constante
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An Arizona State University student has been charged with arson after allegedly climbing into her boyfriend's condo and setting it on fire.

Claudia Drinnan, 21, majors in nonprofit management and hopes to one day work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is known to be involved in the community and has been volunteering since the age of 10.

Now she is in jail for a crime no one saw coming, except maybe her boyfriend.

Firefighters were called to a condo in Temple Thursday at around 2 a.m. on reports of a fire, the Daily Mail reported.

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"I've only seen this stuff out of a movie, I've never seen or heard of a female setting her boyfriend or ex-boyfriend's room on fire," Kevin Walker, Drinnan’s boyfriend’s roommate, told KSAZ.

Walker said he heard a glass break and saw Drinnan climbing into the window of her boyfriend’s room. Drinnan then locked herself inside and after 15 minutes, Walker said he smelled smoke.

"Scariest part of the whole night is when I came outside, the flames were coming, she was standing at the entrance and I asked her what are you doing?” Walker explained. “She was just staring at the fire, she wasn't looking at me, she wasn't replying to my comments, she was staring at the fire, no body motion or anything, that was the scary part for me.”

Witnesses told authorities they heard Drinnan mumbling about her boyfriend cheating on her when she arrived at his apartment at 1:30 in the morning. She was later seen in handcuffs, and wearing a white jumpsuit as police took her into custody.

Drinnan reportedly did not say a word while being booked into jail.

Walker said he never thought Drinnan would do such a thing.

“I’m just happy that I’m alive, to be honest, I’ve never been in a situation like this, so I feel blessed, and I’m just happy that nobody was hurt,” he said.

According to a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Drinnan has been charged with three counts of arson, three counts of endangerment and one count of burglary.

Drinnan’s boyfriend was not home at the time of the incident and the motive behind the crime has not yet been confirmed.

Sources: KSAZ, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Screenshot from KSAZ