A 30-year-old Northwest Washington woman, who is accused of setting fire to a rooming house last May after fighting with one of its occupants, was indicted by a D.C. Superior Court grand jury yesterday on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two men who died from burns received in the blaze.
Gwendolyn F. Frye, of 2117 10th St. NW, was indicted in the deaths of Dock Abraham Rogers, 64, and Charles McDaniel, both roomers at 2112 10th St. NW, where the fire struck on the morning of May 20.
Frye also was charged in the nine-count indictment with arson, destruction of property and assault with intent to kill two other occupants of the rooming house, Jean Williams and William Singleton.
In addition, Frye was indicted on a charge of maiming and maliciously disfiguring Singleton. Singleton is still under treatment at Washington Hospital Center for extensive body burns.
According to court and police records, Frye had become involved in an argument with Williams at the rooming house. A fight erupted,Frye received a cut on the face and later vowed to "blow the . . . place up," according to the records. The records do not show the cause of the argument or fight.
A fire broke out in the rooming house shortly after the fight. Firefighters arrived and rushed McDaniel, Rogers and Singleton to the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center. McDaniel died two days later and Rogers about two weeks after that.
Fresh drops of blood were found where the fire had started, police said. The D.C. fire marshal's office ruled arson in the case.