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[Share]Published: September 17, 2012

FDNY Fire Marshals Arrest Serial Arsonist

Serial arsonist Thien K. Dinh

Serial arsonist Thien K. Dinh

FDNY fire marshals arrested Thien K. Dinh, 43, of the Bronx, for setting 13 fires in Queens from Aug. 20, 2012, to Sept. 13, 2012.

One of the fires he started was at 143-01 45 Ave. on Aug. 20, which escalated to a third alarm and injured 19 firefighters.

After a thorough investigation, fire marshals apprehended Mr. Dinh.  In each instance, Mr. Dinh lit rubbish and other combustible material to start the fires.  He is charged with multiple counts of arson, reckless endangerment and burglary. Mr. Dinh has 45 prior arrests for crimes including burglary, property damage and criminal mischief.

Please note, Mr. Dinh is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A map of the locations where Mr. Dinh started fires in Queens

A map of the locations where Mr. Dinh started fires in Queens

Fire marshals determined Mr. Dinh started fires at the following locations:

  • 41-77 Kissena Blvd. – Mon., Aug. 20, 12:20 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 42-65 Kissena Blvd. – Mon., Aug. 20, 12:58 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 41-25 Kissena Blvd – Mon., Aug. 20, 1:16 a.m. – dumpster fire
  • 143-01 45 Ave. – Mon., Aug. 20, 2:55 a.m. – third alarm fire in residential/commercial building
  • 147-46 38 Ave. – Mon., Aug. 27, 2:10 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 45 Ave and Kissena Blvd. – Tues., Aug. 28, 3:42 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 147-30 38 Ave. – Mon., Sept. 3, 2:30 a.m. – rubbish/car fire
  • 133-57 41 Rd. – Mon., Sept. 3, 3:11 a.m. – dumpster fire
  • 42-42 Colden St. – Fri., Sept. 7, 2:31 a.m. – rubbish/car fire
  • 137-05 Franklin Ave. – Fri., Sept. 7, 2:40 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 43-55 Kissena Blvd. – Fri., Sept. 7, 2:48 a.m. – rubbish fire
  • 42-43 147 St. – Mon., Sept. 10, 3:31 a.m. – rubbish/car fire
  • 144-45 41 Ave. – Thurs., Sept. 13, 3:10 a.m. – rubbish/car fire

 

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