People in romantic relationships break-up-to-make-up all of the time, but when one person is sick and tired of arguing, they reserve the right to walk away. Usually when that happens, both parties move on and some try to pretend as if that chapter in their lives never happened.
Not Carl Philibert. He took his own life in a blaze of fire because he just couldn't let go.
Earlier this month in Fort Pierce, Florida, police responded to an unusual call about a car that crashed into an apartment building and caught fire. According to WPTV, Philibert visited his ex-girlfriend at her home at the complex and while there, the two got into an argument. While specific details are unknown, investigators claim that Philibert was unhappy with something he saw inside the apartment and left the location upset.
However, Philibert returned to the scene approximately two hours later with four propane tanks inside of his car. Without explanation, he aimed his vehicle at his ex-girlfriend's apartment and drove straight into it. The five people inside of the home were able to escape the carnage through a backdoor but watched, terrified, as Philibert went up in flames.
Fort Pierce Public Information Officer Ed Cunningham said that there was a history of domestic disputes between the couple, but a friend of Philibert claimed that he was unaware the former lovers ever had any problems.
“He never told me something was going on," Steph Dumornay said. "I’ve known Carl for like seven years. I’ve never seen him snap," adding "He barely drank. He doesn’t smoke."
Police are sure that Philibert's intentions were to kill as many people as he could in the home.
“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."
Firefighters finally controlled the blaze and witnesses on the scene said not once did Philibert attempt to leave the vehicle to save himself.
Pablo Toledo lives next door to the complex and he and his wife, Kathy, saw the harrowing scene firsthand. While Kathy recorded the fire, Toledo did as much as he could to save residents, including helping an elderly woman.
“I just ran up there and grabbed her,” Toldeo said. “There was a bunch of smoke and fire but I just ran up there, grabbed her, and put her over by the grass. Then I tried to help out with the car, but by that time, no fire extinguisher was getting it out.”
Other than Philibert's death, there were no other injuries, although 18 other residents — 13 adults and five children — are now displaced because of the extensive damage to the property.