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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

***PRESS RELEASE***

FIRE MARSHALS ARREST SERIAL ARSONIST FOR SETTING 13 FIRES IN QUEENS OVER 4 WEEK SPAN

FDNY Fire Marshals have arrested Thien K. Dinh, 43, of the Bronx, for setting thirteen fires in Queens from August 20, 2012 to September 13, 2012; including one fire on August 20th at 143-01 45 Avenue which escalated to a third alarm and injured 19 firefighters.

"Arson is a callous crime that shows total disregard for the lives and property of those it impacts," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. "I commend our Fire Marshals in the Bureau of Fire Investigation for their tireless efforts to apprehend this individual whose actions have endangered the lives of New York City residents, injured many Firefighters, and caused a tremendous amount of property damage."

Locations and date of fires set by Thien K. Dinh:

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

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

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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