A man died after he drove his car, filled with four propane tanks, into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
Carl Philbert, 31, was allegedly angry with his ex-girlfriend so he drove his car into her apartment building Tuesday afternoon.
He drove his white four-door sedan through the front windows of her ground-floor apartment in Fort Pierce, Florida.
The car then caught fire, which caused an explosion that was caught on video by a neighbor.
Philbert died at the scene, but no one else was injured. One toddler and five adults managed to escape through a back door.
Eileen Cuevas, 26, said her mother, Philbert’s ex-girlfriend, was sitting in the front room when she saw him speeding towards their apartment building.
After he drove through their living room, Cuevas said she took her three-year-old son, her mother and her grandmother and left through the back door.
As they were going, both the building and car caught on fire.
“I just wanted people to help him because I saw his body burning,” Cuevas stated. “You never want to see a thing like that. I saw his body, everything on fire.”
She voiced to a news outlet that she still doesn’t know why he did it.
“It’s very personal. It’s still weird talking about it. He was trying to get to my mom. It was meant for everybody that was in the house,” Cuevas said.
“I mean, the man had four or five propane tanks in the car. They were friends and it turned out really bad. This is very personal for our family, so it’s kind of touchy.”
Fort Pierce Police Department spokesman Ed Cunningham said they believe Philbert and his ex-girlfriend got into a disagreement when he showed up at her apartment on Tuesday morning because he didn’t like something he saw inside.
A few hours later he purposely drove into the building with four propane tanks in his car, three in the back seat and one in the passenger seat.
“He intended to do damage,” Cunningham said. “He raced his car into this apartment where five people were, intending to kill them, blow the place up, or create some kind of havoc.”
Philbert has a history of domestic trouble with the woman he targeted, according to police.
Rescue crews from the St. Lucie County Fire District responded to the scene at 12.48pm.
Watch the video of the car caught on fire below:
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