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Help Me Howard: Suspicious fire erupts at Queens home soon after squatters leave

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 17:53:00-04

Aida Byrne is bearing more than she should have to. She and her husband live in Miami. They should be enjoying retirement. But he isn’t well and for two years she’s had to deal with a family of squatters in the very nice home they still own in Jamaica Estates, Queens.

We’ve told you all about 83-year-old Aida’s fight, finally evicting the squatters in February.

But in April, another concern: a suspicious fire started in some construction debris near the garage of Aida’s house.

When Byrne’s nephew Patrick came over, he couldn’t believe it.

“When I came in the morning the fence was completely down. He had a lot of lumber here, and it was burnt right here,” Patrick said.

The fire department hasn’t supplied an official report yet. Patrick doesn’t know who may have set the fire, nor do we. But it’s more than Aida should have to bear.

There is a little good news, though. Aida says she has a buyer for the house. May they live there in peace.