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Knife-wielding woman sets fire to gas station outside Corning

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In the early hours of Friday morning, an alarming situation unfolded at the Fastrac gas station on Pulteney Street in Riverside. First responders, including over a dozen police officers, firefighters, and paramedics, rushed to the scene following reports of a woman, armed with a knife, setting fire to the exterior of the convenience store and making threats towards bystanders.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m., with eyewitnesses recounting how initial attempts to subdue the woman with a taser proved ineffective. As the fire grew, law enforcement escalated their response while firefighters remained on standby for a chance to extinguish the blaze. Bystanders who had called 911 reported the woman’s threatening behavior, claiming she had threatened to stab them upon inquiry.

Ultimately, the woman was taken into custody, allowing firefighters to safely douse the fire. The suspect, visibly distressed and screaming during the arrest, did not appear to sustain any injuries. The damage from the fire seemed confined to the building’s exterior. Details regarding the woman’s identity, the reasons behind her actions, and the charges she faces remain undisclosed.