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Police arrest man suspected of setting NYC gas station blaze

August 4, 2018

Police are looking for a man who started a fire at a New York City gas station early Monday. The blaze seriously injured a man nearby. (July 31)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they’ve tracked down a man suspected of setting a fire that seriously injured a man at a New York City gas station.

Fakrol Islam was arrested Friday in Buffalo in connection with Monday’s blaze at a 7-Eleven on Staten Island. He’s charged with arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Islam, who’s 26 and lives in Brooklyn, is hospitalized for burns. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Video showed a man pulling into the station around 2 a.m., filling up a gas can and spraying fuel around a pump. The video then showed him setting a piece of paper aflame and using it to ignite the fuel.

Police say the gas station’s fire extinguisher system put out the flames, but a 21-year-old man standing nearby sustained internal injuries.

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