A distraught man poured a flammable liquid on himself and a baby girl in a Dorchester triple-decker apartment last night, setting both of them on fire and critically injuring them as well as the baby’s grandmother in the inferno, police sources said. The one-alarm fire was sparked at 40 Dix St. about 5:45 p.m. Though it was quickly extinguished, the blaze left all three people inside the building suffering life-theatening injuries.
Police said the victims, who are believed to be related, were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Womens Hospital for treatment of severe burns.
Although none of the victims had died as of last night, the investigation was in the hands of homicide detectives, who last night towed a car from the home that police sources confirmed is considered evidence in the fire.
The baby’s grandmother was the most seriously injured of the three police sources said. One veteran cop said her outlook was “not good.”
As of last night, it still was not clear what the man allegedly used to start the blaze or why it spread so rapidly to allow it to injure the other two occupants of thee home.
The names of the victims were not released and the infant’s relationship to the man who allegedly started the blaze was unable to be determined last night.