> A Brooklyn woman angry over her building’s trash-filled halls set a garbage can on fire then kicked it over, triggering a massive blaze that killed two people, police said Friday.
Joanna Mei, 22, was charged with two counts of murder and arson for starting the fire in her three-story brick building on 11th Ave. near 67th St. in Dyker Heights around 7 a.m. Thursday.
Although she first denied smelling smoke, the nursing student gave statements admitting to causing the fire and had a small burn on her right hand, sources said.
Mei told police she was both upset about the trash and about a relative’s death several years ago, sources said.
After setting the fire in the garbage can, she told cops that she changed her mind and tried to put it out by kicking it over, thus spreading the burning rubbish, sources said.
The fire spread to nearby gasoline, which also erupted in flames – accounting for the speed in which it spread, the sources said.