Robert Mecea, Associated Press
Jerome Isaac is led out of the 77th Precinct in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, following his arrest in the death of a woman set afire in an elevator. Isaac told police he set 73-year-old Deloris Gillespie on fire because he was angry that she owed him $2,000, authorities said Sunday.

NEW YORK — Deloris Gillespie was a fun-loving, fast-talking mother of four who helped anyone she could in her Brooklyn neighborhood and at the post office where she worked for years.

Suddenly, in a few fiery moments in an elevator — her life was snuffed out on Saturday.

Police say 47-year-old Jerome Isaac sprayed gasoline on Gillespie before setting her ablaze.

Isaac has told police he set her on fire because she owed him $2,000. Authorities say Gillespie reportedly believed he was stealing items from her home.

Isaac is being held without bail in Gillespie's death. He's charged with murder and arson.