Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspected arsonist who may have set a recent rash of fires in Queens, and now they have released video in an effort to identify the person responsible.
The most recent blaze, which was started late Wednesday night on 67th Drive in Forest Hills, was the seventh similarly suspicious fire in that area within the last month, CBS reported, adding that the other fires in the apparent arson pattern all occurred at homes under construction or renovation.
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The newly released video was captured during the most recent incident, according to an NYPD statement, which added that the suspect allegedly enters the sites and ignites flammable combustibles before fleeing on foot.
“Three of the fires have been determined to be incendiary for sure. The other ones are under investigation,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro was quoted by CBS.
The fires, which began in late October, have taken place a short distance from each other, with a Nov. 8 fire on 112thStreet, a Nov. 15 fire on 69thRoad, a Nov. 17 fire on 66thAvenue and the most recent, this past Wednesday, on 67thRoad, the NYPD stated.
Police said in a relatedNBCreport that, after the Nov. 17 fire, they were putting additional officers on patrol to look for any suspicious activity, and they have partnered with the FDNY’s arson unit to help with the investigation.