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Forest Hills fires now investigated as arsons: NYPD

By Sadef Ali Kully

After another suspicious fire in Forest Hills, police and fire officials said they are looking for an arsonist.

Police released video images of a suspect wanted in connection with fires at four home sites in Forest Hills during the last month.

The evening before Thanksgiving a fire ripped through a two-story home under construction at 67th Drive near 108th Street in Forest Hills, according to the FDNY.

The Fire Marshal has been investigating a string of several suspicious fires in Forest Hills in the past month, officials said.

On Friday, NYPD and fire officials released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in connection with the string of blazes.

According to FDNY and NYPD officials, all of the fires have been deemed arson.

In the video, an individual in a hoodie was seen walking around the two-story home minutes before the fire began, according to police officials.

The other fires took place Nov. 8 on 112th Street; Nov. 15 on 69th Road; and Nov. 17 on 66th Avenue, according to police.

Anyone with information related to the fires is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). People can also submit tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skull[email protected]local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.

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