A man died after he ran his car, which had four propane tanks, right into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. Carl Philbert, 31, was rumored to be upset with his ex-girlfriend so he smashed his car into her apartment building Tuesday afternoon.
Philbert was killed at the scene of the explosion, but no one else was injured. Five adults and one toddler managed to just run right out through a back door.
Eileen Cuevas, 26, said her mother, Philbert’s ex-girlfriend, was in the front room when she spotted his car coming towards the apartment.
After he smashed through into the living room, Cuevas said she snatched up her three-year-old son, her mother and her grandmother and they left through the back door. As they were making their exit, both the building and the car started to go up in flames.
‘I just wanted people to help him because I saw his body burning,’ Cuevas told TC Palm. ‘You never want to see a thing like that. I saw his body, everything on fire.’
She told the outlet she had no idea why he tried something so insane.
Here’s an idea…He’s insane.
‘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. 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 think that Philbert and his ex-girlfriend got into an altercation when he showed up at her apartment on Tuesday morning because he didn’t like something he witnessed inside, WPTV reported.
Several 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 to be sure that he killed the occupants inside.
‘He intended to do damage. 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 list of domestic trouble with the woman he was tying to kill, according to police. Rescue crews from the St. Lucie County Fire District responded to the scene at 12.48pm.
In a video taken by neighbor Kathy Toledo, sirens can be heard in the background as the flames engulf the car and the part of the building above it.
Toledo explains that she lives in an apartment next door and that her husband helped bring an elderly woman down the stairs from the apartment directly above the fire.
As she explains the situation, one of the propane tanks explodes, frighting the people watching the scene.
Kathy’s husband Pablo Toledo later told TC Palm that a woman on the second floor balcony called for his help.
‘She was engulfed in smoke, so that’s why I had to act,’ he said.
‘So I just ran up there. I really didn’t think about the fire was going to get me. I just ran up there, grabbed her and came down. She continued thanking me.’
All eight units in the apartment complex were damaged in the fire.
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