East New York, Brooklyn- On Saturday, a man allegedly threw a “Molotov Cocktail” onto the roof of a barbershop after getting into a dispute with someone there earlier in the day, according to officials.
The incident occurred at John’s Barber Shop— located at 741 Riverdale Avenue— around 12: 57 PM, according to the FNDY.
FDNY officials stated that firefighters arrived on scene within two minutes of receiving the 911 call for help and quickly extinguished the flames; no civilians or firefighters were injured.
After completing their investigation, FDNY fire marshals stated that they were charging 35-year-old George Thomas, of Brooklyn, with arson in the first degree.
Mr. Thomas allegedly filled two bottles with an “ignitable liquid”, lit one of the bottles on fire, and then threw it up onto the roof of the barbershop, according to officials.
FDNY fire marshals did not specify what “ignitable liquid” Mr. Thomas used; it is also unclear who in the barber shop Mr. Thomas had an argument with prior to him igniting the fire.
FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that igniting a fire in an occupied business is “a dangerous and reckless act which could have taken the lives of many innocent people,” in a statement after the charges against Mr. Thomas were announced.