Coronation Street viewers are seriously frightened by Hope Stape’s ‘evil’ behavior after starting a fire in her stepfather’s house with his pregnant girlfriend inside.
Consumed by hatred and jealousy towards Tyrone who is expecting a baby with her new partner Alina Pop, she broke into the apartment above the living room where Alina was sleeping.
Hope, who had stolen Alina’s keys, was seen staring at a lit aromatherapy candle and the baby’s bed.
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Smoke was then seen seeping under the bedroom door while Alina slept.
Neighbors called 999 and Alina was rushed to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
The daughter of Fiz Stape and her ex-husband, serial killer John Stape, only knew Tyrone as a father, so she didn’t take the news that he was having a baby well.
In Monday’s episode, Hope, who lives with Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter Ruby, with his late ex-wife Kirsty Soames, heard that Alina and Tyrone were expecting a son, causing the girl to rage furiously.
She said “I’m not your sweetheart” to a stunned Alina as she tried to be nice to her.
And she told Fiz “he’s going to love the baby more than me and Ruby,” complaining that she heard Tyrone say he always wanted a baby boy.
Hope yelled, “I hate him and I hate this baby!”
A horrified Fiz sent Hope to her bedroom, but then she pulled out the stolen keys to Alina’s apartment in her coat pocket and escaped the house while her grandmother Evelyn Plummer slept and Fiz was at the store.
Corrie fans took to Twitter in terror.
“Hope is a psychopath, she is the daughter of John’s Stapes,” said one of them.
“What’s wrong with Hope?” Is he some kind of devil’s child? another asked.
“Hope is a devil’s child !! 666,” another tweeted.
“Hope is a serial killer in the making,” tweeted another concerned fan.
“Why is Hope so bad? Another asked.
“Hope is an evil child. I can’t stand it,” gasped another.
But others loved the drama.
“What happened to young Hope on #Corrie? She hadn’t been there in ages and now she’s suddenly a sassy little lady. A queen. An icon,” clapped another soap watcher.
“Hope is just jealous, that’s all. She feels pushed back,” said another.
Troubled Hope had already started a fire in the Underworld factory in 2019 and shocked viewers by hiding a lighter in her doll’s head.
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The problematic child played by Isabella Flanagan also attempted to hurt her cousin Joseph by trying to convince him that he could fly and she put Evelyn Cerberus’ dog on a tram to Rochdale.
She had previously been taken to a specialist school in Birmingham in an attempt to sort out her bad behavior, but it seems her problems resurfaced after Tyrone fell in love with tenant Alina and left the family unit.
Luckily, Alina assures Tyrone that she and the baby are fine on Wednesday’s double bill.
As the fire is investigated, an officer tells Tyrone that it appears the fire was started by an aromatherapy candle. Alina is horrified to think that she caused the fire with one of her candles.
But suspicion is raised when Hope wonders if the person who started the fire will be in trouble.
After reviewing the firefighters’ findings, Alina tells Tyrone that in order for the fire to start in the cot, someone had to move the candle.