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May 15, 2016

Man douses girlfriend with gas while she smoked in fatal Bensalem fire

Officials believe blaze was intentionally set during early morning hours

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Lincoln Motel on 2200 block of Lincoln Highway in Bucks County.

Police have taken a suspect into custody Sunday morning after a person was killed overnight in a "suspicious" motel fire in Bensalem. 

According to 6ABC, investigators say the fire was intentionally set around 2:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Motel on the 2200 block of Lincoln Highway. 

Authorities allege that 46-year-old Kevin Small, of Philadelphia, threw a cup of gasoline on 46-year-old Melissa Bacon-Smith, also of Philadelphia, while she was smoking. Bacon-Smith died in the fire.

Firefighters who responded to the scene encountered thick smoke emanating from rooms 103 and 104. At least three others were rescued at the scene from the second floor. The blaze was brought under control by around 3 a.m., fire officials said. 

Multiple people staying at the motel were taken to Aria Health Torresdale to be treated for smoke inhalation. 

Small has been charged with criminal homicide, arson and other related offenses.

An official investigation remains ongoing.