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Man arrested on arson charges in NYC parking garage fire

September 18, 2018

In this screen shot from video, smoke billows from a fire at a parking garage in the Mill Basin neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Fire Department of New York said dozens of vehicles were damaged when the fire broke out on two floors of the four-story garage at around 9 a.m., causing non-life-threatening injuries to 21 people, including 18 firefighters, and the Kings Plaza mall was closed as a result. (Citizen App via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police have arrested a man on arson charges in connection with the fire in a parking garage that damaged dozens of vehicles and sent thick black smoke billowing over a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Twenty-three-year-old Avon Stephens, of Brooklyn, was arrested Monday, hours after the fire broke out on two floors of the four-story garage at around 9 a.m. in the Mill Basin neighborhood. The Kings Plaza mall was closed as a result.

Fire officials say 21 people were injured. All but three of them were firefighters. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

It took nearly three hours to get the fire under control. The cause is under investigation.

It wasn’t clear if Stephens had a lawyer who could comment.

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