Alleged arson fire in knocks out 2 Morris Park stores

An arson fire rocked a busy commercial corridor.

A fire in a second floor apartment at 1003 and 1005 Morris Park Avenue on Thursday, February 21 put two local shops on the ground level temporarily out of commission and resulted in an arson arrest.

Ariel Santiago of 350 E. 143rd Street was arrested and charged with arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief, stated a NYPD official.

According to a document shared with the Bronx Times written by a source in the FDNY, the arrest resulted after an investigation by fire marshals disclosed that the suspect allegedly poured lighter fluid on a sofa and ignited it with papers lit by the kitchen stove.

The blaze occurred in the apartment above Luciano’s Pizza and Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

A fire at the 1005 Morris Park Avenue that left four people with minor injuries is the second on the commercial corridor since December.
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