You hit a certain age, you lay some things aside. You stop doing those childish activities that you did coming up. Like burning trashcans:
Her accelerant of choice was a mystery, said Mark Rosenbaum, a Fire Department chief, but “whatever she’s using, she’s got to be running out of it.”
There were no immediate suspects or arrests.
The first fire, in front of the of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, was set at about 3 p.m. About the same time, a 911 call came in reporting a fire about a block away, at Madison Avenue. More reports followed in rapid succession, from Fifth Avenue to Lexington Avenue, from 41st to 45th Streets. Two fires were set in the Grand Central subway station before the woman apparently returned to street level, Mr. Rosenbaum said.
A 50 year old woman? Really? What about macramé as a hobby? Maybe scrap-booking?