The clock read 2:14 as he tossed on a lightweight jacket and headed for the car. He stopped first at Chase Bank on Canton Road, at the Giant Eagle next door.
Hustling to get home, he noted the time on his car radio: 2:45.
Bartley decided to stop at Dollar General for that night’s dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.
As he was driving back to his apartment, he saw the smoke and flames and realized they were very near his residence. Because the roads were closed, he parked his car and ran. When he saw his apartment ablaze, he immediately thought: “Oh my God. What did I do?”
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