Brooklyn, NY – Man Charged in Connection with Injurious Four-Alarm Blaze
Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 at 10:29 pm
Brooklyn, NY (June 16, 2019) – On Thursday morning, a man who had a grudge against a rabbi started a four-alarm blaze that tore through three homes and caused injuries in 13 people. Police have also confirmed that a baby is in critical condition.
41-year-old Matthew Karelefsky, of Pittsburgh, PA, was charged for the fire with one count of arson and two counts of attempted murder.
The fire, which happened on East 17th Street, ignited in seconds and video showed somebody running from the area within moments.
The blaze quickly spread to both homes on either side. Thirteen people were injured in the fire, including a 6-month-old boy. He is in critical condition at the hospital at this time. Three firefighters and an individual with EMS was also injured.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
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