Landlord Sets Building On Fire With 6 Children Inside Over Unpaid Rent Dispute In US
At the time of the incident, two adults and six children were present in the residence, and they were able to escape unharmed.
A New York City landlord is facing a litany of charges, including 8 counts of attempted murder, following an alleged arson incident at one of his buildings, which was reportedly ignited amid a dispute with a tenant over unpaid rent. The accused, identified as 66-year-old Rafiqul Islam, was taken into custody last month in connection with a fire at his Brooklyn property, where a family with six children resided.
According to Huff Post, Mr. Islam’s ire stemmed from the family’s cessation of rent payments and their refusal to vacate the premises. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) posted on Facebook, stating that he intentionally set fire to an interior staircase at 212 Forbell Street in Brooklyn.
FDNY Fire Marshals have arrested Rafiqul Islam in an arson case involving a landlord. Investigators assert that Islam was incensed because his second-floor tenant had discontinued rent payments and declined to vacate the property. Consequently, he ignited a fire within the building’s interior staircase. At the time of the incident, two adults and six children were present in the residence, and they were able to escape unharmed.
According to FDNY, the victims of the fire disclosed that Mr. Islam had threatened to disconnect their gas and electricity services and incinerate the house if they did not promptly produce the overdue rent.