Woman facing additional charges related to fire that killed two firefighters, seriously injured two others

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City woman is now facing additional charges in Jackson County, related to the October 2015 fire that resulted in the deaths of two firefighters and injuries of two others.

Thu Hong Nguyen, 43, is being held on $2 million cash bond, charged with arson and two counts of second-degree murder.

This week, a Jackson County grand jury indicted her on additional charges of Causing Catastrophe, a Class A felony and two counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree for the two other firefighters who suffered injuries.  The indictment was released to the public on Friday.

In a probable cause statement, an ATF Special Agent with experience investigating numerous fires states that the fire originated in the northeast corner of Nguyen's nail salon, LN Salon and Spa, 2614 Independence Ave., and was set with a combustible material and ignited with fuel using an open flame.

Two firefighters killed Oct 12 fighting a fire: Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

Two firefighters killed Oct 12 fighting a fire: Larry Leggio and John Mesh.

The nail salon was located in a building with several other businesses and apartments. While firefighters were battling the fire, Larry Leggio and John Mesh were killed when a wall collapsed on top of them.

Fire scene Monday night in Kansas City's Old Northeast Neighborhood

Fire scene Monday night in Kansas City's Old Northeast Neighborhood

In addition to the fatal injuries that Mesh and Leggio suffered, firefighters Chris Anderson and Dan Werner were also seriously hurt. Anderson told the ATF agent that he was buried underneath about 4 feet of brick and debris when the east wall of the building collapsed. He said four of his ribs were broken, he suffered a traumatic brain injury with ongoing symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, and he's battling a stomach infection that causes him to throw up three to four times a day.

Werner told investigators that he was standing about five feet from Mesh when the collapse happened. He became buried up to his waist in brick and debris, suffering five leg fractures, a dislocated ankle and torn tendon, and head injuries including a concussion and laceration.

Furthermore, Nguyen is accused of causing significant damages to at least five neighboring businesses including an unoccupied business with a newly signed lease, multiple apartment units, Snyder's Market, Gracie's Store, Jackson Hewitt tax preparation and Speedy Cash Payday Loan.

Nguyen will be arraigned on the new charges on January 25.

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