Red Wings Fan Arrested For Arson After Setting Lightning Flag On Fire

by abournenesn

Apr 30, 2015

A Detroit Red Wings fan decided to play with fire Wednesday night, and it cost her a trip to jail.

Lena Sinishtaj, a 35-year-old woman from Sterling Heights, Mich., traveled to Amalie Arena in Tampa to watch her Red Wings take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup playoff series.

Just before puck drop, Sinishtaj allegedly held up a lit lighter as a large Lightning flag was passed over her head. The flag briefly caught fire and caused a small burn in the fabric, according to the Tampa Tribune. About 200 people were underneath the massive flag when Sinishtaj set it on fire, but no injuries were reported, police say.

Arena security immediately notified Tampa police of the incident, and Sinishtaj — who was wearing a Red Wings jersey at the time — was arrested at 7:45 p.m. ET. She later was booked on a charge of first-degree arson of an occupied structure and still is being held without bond as of Thursday.

Sinishtaj apparently is quite the Red Wings fan, as a video on her Twitter feed shows Detroit player Danny DeKeyser signing a jersey for her earlier Wednesday. Unfortunately, Sinishtaj might have literally lit a fire under the Lightning with her pregame incident, as Tampa Bay skated to a 2-0 win to advance to the next round.

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@jasonrmcintyre

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