Man set fire to outdoor dining structure, suspected in over a dozen trash fires: NYPD

manhattan outdoor dining fire

A suspected arson fire destroyed a restaurant and outdoor dining structure in Manhattan on Aug. 16, 2021, police said. (Credit: Citizen App)

CHELSEA, Manhattan — A man set fire to an outdoor dining structure in Manhattan early Monday morning, and police suspect he may be behind more than a dozen additional rubbish fires in the same area overnight, according to the NYPD.

Police and firefighters who were called to the scene around 4:15 a.m. found the outdoor dining structure in front of a restaurant at 176 Eighth Ave. ablaze, with flames extending toward the main building, authorities said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and no injuries were reported.

Police canvassing the area using an eyewitness description of a suspect stopped a man who fit that description near West 13th Street and Greenwich Street, according to the NYPD. He was in possession of lighter fluid, a lighter and a bottle containing an unknown liquid, police said.

He was taken into custody and transferred to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, police said. Charges were pending Monday afternoon.

Investigators believe he may be behind as many as 13 other trash fires that started around 2:30 a.m. Monday in the same area.

None of those fires were as serious in nature, police said, but all of them are being treated as suspicious.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Manhattan Videos

New claims in NYC restaurant brawl over vaccine proof

Remembering the victims and helping survivors 4 years after Hurricane Maria

UN General Assembly traffic is back, and not just on the east side

Restaurants consider hiring security as some customers resist vaccine mandate

NYC gridlock alert: Road closures as UN General Assembly returns

More Manhattan


New claims in NYC restaurant brawl over vaccine proof

NYC prosecutors wrap up as R. Kelly sex trafficking trial moves into next stage

11-year-old boy injured in deadly quadruple shooting in Bronx park: NYPD

Hostess assaulted on Upper West Side after asking tourists for vaccine cards had just started Carmine’s job

Restaurants prepare for first weekend of enforcing vaccination proof

New video shows chaos at Manhattan restaurant shooting

More Crime

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter