Suspect With Grudge Against Rabbi Arrested in Massive Brooklyn Fire That Hurt 12, Destroyed 3 Houses - NBC New York

Suspect With Grudge Against Rabbi Arrested in Massive Brooklyn Fire That Hurt 12, Destroyed 3 Houses

The four-alarm blaze broke out just after 4 a.m. Thursday in Midwood

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    Suspect With Grudge Against Rabbi Arrested for Fire

    Police arrested a Pittsburgh-area man early Sunday morning on arson and attempted murder charges, alleging he set a massive blaze in Brooklyn on Thursday in an apparent grudge against a local rabbi. Ken Buffa reports.

    (Published Sunday, June 16, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A massive fire in Brooklyn that injured at least 12 people appears to have been arson, law enforcement sources said

    • The blaze broke out just after 4 a.m. and quickly escalated to four alarms

    • The injuries included nine civilians, one of them a baby, as well as three firefighters

    Police arrested a Pittsburgh-area man early Sunday morning on arson and attempted murder charges, alleging he set a massive blaze in Brooklyn on Thursday in an apparent grudge against a local rabbi. 

    The fire in the Midwood section torched three buildings and injured at least 12 people, babies and firefighters among them.

    Matthew Karlefsky, 41, of McKeesport, Penn., was taken into custody in Brooklyn around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson, police said.  

    Karlefsky, law enforcement sources said, has a tattoo on his right arm that reads in part "Never let go of the hatred - kill rabbi," an apparent reference to a rabbi who lives in one of the torched houses. 

    Brooklyn Fire That Injured 12 Appears to Be Arson

    [NY] Brooklyn Fire That Injured 12 Appears to Be Arson

    A massive fire in Brooklyn that injured at least 12 people appears to have been arson, law enforcement sources said. Marc Santia reports.

    (Published Friday, June 14, 2019)

    The blaze broke out before dawn Thursday and quickly escalated to four alarms. Law enforcement sources believe the fire was started in a vehicle and then spread to homes. 

    The fire was so intense that neighbors were alerted to close their windows - not just for the smoke, but for debris blowing off the houses as the fire reduced them to rubble.

    The injuries included nine civilians, one of them a baby, as well as three firefighter. All of the injuries were considered minor.

    Twelve Hurt, Including 3 Firefighters, in Brooklyn Fire

    [NY] Twelve Hurt, Including 3 Firefighters, in Brooklyn Fire

    A baby was among three people hurt when a fire broke out early Thursday at a Brooklyn apartment, which has left residences destroyed. NBC 4 New York's Gaby Acevedo reports.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

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