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You're fired, woman tells partner

A WOMAN has been arrested on an arson charge for allegedly setting her home ablaze in a bid to force her boyfriend to break up with her.

"I thought it was the best way to show my determination to leave him," Liu Xiaofang told prosecutors. "I didn't think much about the losses the fire might cause neighbors."

The room in which Liu lived with her boyfriend was almost completely destroyed, Qingpu District prosecutors said. Flames spread to a room next to theirs, but valuables there were not damaged.

Liu, 24, from Henan Province, had lived with Tian Jinghuang, 33, an Anhui Province native, for three years. They have a two-year-old daughter.

The couple frequently quarreled and late last year Liu met another man online and they became lovers.

She told Tian she wanted to leave with their daughter, but he opposed this.

On the morning of May 18, the couple argued at their home in a two-story house in Liantang Town, Qingpu District, when Liu again told Tian she wanted to leave with their child.

Liu claims Tian threatened to kill her if she left.

The couple later called police, who mediated. Tian went to buy food for their daughter, while Liu remained at home, still angry at the situation.

"I decided to burn our home so he wouldn't have a place to live with me," she told prosecutors.

"If I sneaked out, I was afraid Tian would take revenge on my family."

She poured edible oil in the room and ignited a sheet, then escaped with her daughter.

Liu turned herself in to police after officers called her.


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