Police & Fire

Contractor Arrested For Sparking Friday’s Ditmas Park Fire, Says FDNY

Cortelyou Road & East 17th Street, Friday April 14. (Photo by Dina Rabiner/BKLYNER)

A Brooklyn contractor has been arrested for sparking the blaze on Friday in Ditmas Park that had traffic backed up on Cortelyou Road.

Though a witness originally heard from firefighters that the flames sparked in the kitchen, Fire Marshals announced that the fire was caused by an illegal propane torch used during roof repair at the apartment building.

Brooklyn contractor Farooq Rashid, 47, was arrested with arson, reckless endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence, according to FDNY officials.

(Photo via FDNY)
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