Suspicious Blaze at Brooklyn Office of Civil Rights Group
NEW YORK (AP) _ A suspicious fire caused heavy damage to an office of the Congress of Racial Equality, authorities said today.
Cyril Boynes, a CORE spokesman, alleged that the fire was arson. He said the office, in Brooklyn, had been ransacked and obscenities and racial epithets scrawled on the walls.
The fire began in a second-floor hall of a two-story building that housed the organization’s office upstairs and an Italian restaurant below.
The initial alarm was at 5:35 a.m. and the flames were brought under control at 6:11, said firefighter Arthur Manfredi, a department spokesman. There were no civilian injuries, he said.
″The marshals have declared it suspicious because of writing on the wall, the volume of fire and because fires don’t usually start in hallways,″ said Manfredi. He said he did not know what the wall writing said.
The restaurant sustained water damage.