TEN fires break out in Central Park with NYPD saying it was arson

TEN fires break out in Central Park with NYPD saying it was arson and requiring 60 firefighters to douse the flames

  • Firefighters battled a number of brush fires in Central Park on Tuesday
  • The FDNY believed the fires were set by an arsonist
  • Reports of a fire at Central Park and West 110th Street came in about 1:20午後
  • FDNY say they found up to 10 fires burning in the areaall were put out
  • Officials say one of the fires was a little bigger than the others
  • Pictures on social media showed flames along the ground burning fallen leaves
  • Ten small fires were set alight across New York City’s Central Park on Tuesday afternoon in the northeast section, close to Harlem.

    The FDNY say up to 10 fires had to be tackled in what the Department described as an act of arson.

    Thick, white smoke could be seen rising up above the tree line with video shot from some distance away.

    The fires were started in the North Woods, the park’s largest woodland area, known for its birdwatching, 周りで 1:20午後.

    Firefighters battled a number of brush fires in the northern section of Central Park on Tuesday

    Firefighters battled a number of brush fires in the northern section of Central Park on Tuesday

    まで 60 firefighters could be seen battling the flames and putting out the brush fire

    まで 60 firefighters could be seen battling the flames and putting out the brush fire

    The flames could be seen among the piles of leaves and twigs that remain on the ground

    The flames could be seen among the piles of leaves and twigs that remain on the ground

    Police say a person was seen setting fires in the wooded areas close to West 107th Street and Central Park West.

    The FDNY confirmed they had been working to put out ‘numerous brush fires’.

    それは取った 60 firefighters just over an hour before the fire was under control and flames were out.

    ‘Firefighters operated on scene of numerous brush/rubbish fires at location. All pockets of fire have been extinguished, no injuries. Cause of fires will be under investigation by Fire Marshals,’ the fire department said in a statement.

    The areas of the park where the fires were set had scorched earth. No injuries were reported.

    The FDNY said up to ten fires had been started deliberately

    The FDNY said up to ten fires had been started deliberately

    There were no reports of any injuries. An ambulance was sent in an abundance of caution

    There were no reports of any injuries. An ambulance was sent in an abundance of caution

    Several fire engines were sent to the scene to deal with as many as ten fires

    Several fire engines were sent to the scene to deal with as many as ten fires

    One of sixty firefighters is seen on the scene in the northern section on Central Park

    One of sixty firefighters is seen on the scene in the northern section on Central Park

    ‘We’re going to take the approach that they were intentionally set,’ FDNY spokesman Jim Long told ここに来て1年未満.

    Witnesses say they saw a man setting the fires at some point during Tuesday afternoon. He was seen wearing green pants, a black jacket and a black hooded shirt.

    ‘I can’t imagine why somebody would set fire in Central Park or any park, I mean that seems dangerous, it’s scary, I have no idea why somebody would do something like that,’ Manhattan resident Anthony Schmertz said to ABC7.

    The person setting it probably thinks they are not doing anything big, but look, five trucks, dozens of firemen pulled out of their houses. ええと, if something else catches fire around herewe’re all at risk when they do theese sort of things,” one man said to CBSニュース.

    City Councilwoman Gale Brewer who represents the Upper West Side said that an emotionally disturbed person is believed to be responsible for the fires.

    Police are now looking into whether the fires could be linked to another fire that was set in Central Park around 7am on Tuesday morning.

    Firefighters could be seen attempting to put the fires out using shovels

    Firefighters could be seen attempting to put the fires out using shovels

    Smoke could be seen drifting across Harlem Meer in the park's northernmost section

    Smoke could be seen drifting across Harlem Meer in the park’s northernmost section

    Even from some distance away, smoke could be seen raising above the treeline

    Even from some distance away, smoke could be seen raising above the treeline

    A burnt patch of branches and leaves remains after the fire in Central Park¿s North Woods on Tuesday

    A burnt patch of branches and leaves remains after the fire in Central Park’s North Woods on Tuesday