Black magic: Voodoo sex ritual started blaze which ripped through building killing one and leaving 50 families homeless
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:40 PM on 25th February 2011
A voodoo sex ceremony started a raging fire that ripped through a building, killing an elderly women, injuring 20 firefighters and leaving 50 families homeless, sources claim.
A woman allegedly paid $300 to a voodoo priest on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn apartment to perform a mystical ceremony that would bring her good luck. The priest placed candles on the floor around the bed on Saturday near some 'combustible materials' and lit them. It was when the couple started having sex - as part of the voodoo ritual - that the candles were accidentally knocked over, igniting bed sheets and their recently discarded clothes.
It was then the couple started opening doors and windows that the fire escalated as winds of up to 40mph had a blow-torch-like effect on the flames. But cut backs in the fire service are also being blamed with some officials saying that there was a delay in getting enough fire engines on the scene.
According to fire marshalls, the fire was started all because of black magic.
They said the blaze began around 6:40pm, when a Brooklyn woman visited a fourth-floor apartment in the building.
According to the New York Post, she paid one of the male occupants $300 to perform a voodoo ceremony aimed at bringing her good luck.
FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano said: 'Time and time again we respond to tragedies that could have been so easily prevented.
'This fire had so many of those elements - candles left on the floor near combustible material, one of the occupants trying to douse the flames before calling 911 and an open door, which allowed fire to spread into the hallway.
'Hopefully others will learn from this tragedy.'