Employee Set NYC Car Wash on Fire to Cover Up Burglary: FDNY

An employee at a New York City car wash is accused of setting the business on fire to cover up a burglary there, fire officials said.

The 54-year-old employee at the Touchless Auto Wash on Forest Avenue was arrested Friday after fire marshals linked him to the blaze there on June 2.

That’s when officials said the man, trying to cover up a break-in, set the car wash ablaze. Firefighters arrived three minutes after an alarm sounded and doused the flames. Ten firefighters were hurt in the blaze.

The man was arrested after fire marshals found surveillance footage showing him and the fire.

The man was charged with arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and assault for the injuries sustained by the firefighters.

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