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10-28-2015, 09:28 AM

Kansas City woman charged in deaths of firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh
2:56 PM, Oct 27, 2015

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City woman has been charged with starting the fire in a building on Independence Avenue that resulted in the deaths of two Kansas City Firefighters, according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.


Court records state a federal investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stated he believes the fire on Oct. 12 originated in the northeast corner of the LN Salon and Spa at Independence Avenue. Court records state LN Salon and Spa was owned by Nguyen. According to the news release, the defendant stated to investigators she left the salon the night of the fire. The investigation established she was the last occupant of the salon.


The news release states the defendant told investigators she received proceeds from insurance payouts as a result of the fires that happened on July 25, 2013 at Nails USA and on Jan. 6, 2015 in Apt. 2.

Thu Hong Nguyen, 43, faces one count of first-degree arson and two counts of second-degree murder or felony murder as the firefighters died as a result of the arson.

KCFD firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh died in the structure fire after the building collapsed on Oct. 12, 2015.

The Bobster
07-24-2018, 01:21 PM

Nail salon manager convicted of murder, arson in firefighters’ deaths
By Associated Press
July 23, 2018 | 7:00pm

Thu Hong Nguyen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A nail salon manager was convicted Monday of setting a fire that killed two firefighters in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that a Jackson County circuit judge found 46-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, second-degree arson and second-degree assault.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 14. She could be facing to up to 30 years in prison for each murder charge. After Judge Joel P. Fahnestock’s verdict, Nguyen was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Forty-three-year-old Larry Leggio and 39-year-old John Mesh were killed when a brick wall fell on them as they fought a fire at a three-story building containing Nguyen’s nail salon in October 2015. Two other firefighters were seriously injured.

“It answers a lot of questions that we’ve all had deep down in our heart and has lifted a little bit of weight off our chest to where we can finally continue on with our healing process,” said Missy Leggio, the widow of Larry Leggio, after the verdict. “We still have a little bit of a way to go.”

According to authorities, Nguyen lit a fire in the nail salon’s storeroom and was the last person seen leaving the building.

The prosecution portrayed Nguyen as someone who had a habit of burning businesses for insurance money.

Nguyen also was found guilty of first-degree arson in a separate fire in 2013 at a nail salon she operated in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit.