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Brooklyn, NY – Man Charged in Connection with Injurious Four-Alarm Blaze

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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Brooklyn, NY – Man Charged in Connection with Injurious Four-Alarm BlazeWe would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to the victims involved in this incident with hopes that they are able to fully recover from their injuries. We would also like to offer our gratitude to the firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every single day across New York. Unfortunately, many fires begin and cause serious results to those involved, some of which lead to injuries and even fatalities in the worst cases.

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