The owner of a Cicero apartment building hired a maintenance man to torch it for the $250,000 insurance last month, but complained afterward that the fire was set at the wrong time when children were in the building, prosecutors said today.
The Valentine's Day fire killed seven people, including four children.
"It was done at the wrong time," Lawrence Myers said in a secretly taped conversation with the maintenance man, Marion Comier, according to prosecutors. "I didn't want any of this to happen."Myers had instructed Comier to burn down the apartment building during the day "when the children were at school and the women were at work," according to one of the recordings, prosecutors said.
The two are also heard on the wiretaps talking about how much Comier would be paid, anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000, Cook County Asst. State's Attorney Mary Lacy said in court today.
There is never a right time for arson you selfish prick. And did it occur to him firefighters or others could be killed?