WOODHAVEN, Queens (PIX11) – Fire Marshals apprehended a Queens man who allegedly set the building where he lived ablaze, causing a massive fire that spread to other buildings and left twelve people injured.
Luis Lopez, 30, is under arrest and awaiting charges in the 4-alarm blaze on 90th Street in Woodhaven. On Wednesday, Lopez got into a dispute with his landlord and was asked to pack his things and leave, officials said.
Later that day, the landlord and another occupant of 91-21 90th St., where Lopez lived, smelled smoke, and firefighters arrived shortly after 8 p.m. That Wednesday, New Yorkers were bundled up against gusting winds that fanned the initial flames on the first floor. The wind was so strong in Manhattan that a 4-by-8 piece of thick, construction plywood tore loose from a chain link fence, fatally striking a pedestrian.
By the time firefighters arrived at the blaze, the fire had reached the roof of the building and spread to the residential buildings on both sides. It took roughly 39 FDNY units and 168 firefighters to bring the blaze under control. Six civilians and four firefighters suffered injuries before it was over.
Lopez is now under arrest and awaiting arraignment by the Queens District Attorney.