FIRE MARSHALS ARREST TWO
WITH YOM KIPPUR FIRE IN BROOKLYN
THAT LEFT 20 FAMILIES HOMELESS
Fire Marshals from the New York City Fire
Department’s Bureau of Fire Investigation today announced
the arrest of Peter Pierre, age 60 of 265 Lee Avenue in Brooklyn,
N.Y., and William Jones, age 50 of 21 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.
The arrests of Mr. Pierre and Mr. Jones followed an investigation
into a 3rd alarm fire, which occurred on October 4, 2003,
at 533 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn. The blaze began in a vacant
building and quickly spread to three other multiple dwellings,
which also housed a grocery store, a dry cleaner and a synagogue.
The fire left 20 families and 100 children homeless on the
eve of that hasidic community's most solemn High Holy Day,
“The department applauds the outstanding investigative
efforts of the Fire Marshals from the Bureau of Fire Investigations
for their diligence in apprehending Mr. Pierre and Mr. Jones,” said
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.
Both Mr. Jones and Mr. Pierre are charged with 3rd degree
arson and reckless endangerment. If convicted of the most
serious charges they could be sentence to 7-15 years in prison.
Francis X. Gribbon / David Billig (FDNY) (718) 999-2056