New York City Probes Fire at Chapel for 9/11 Victims

November 2, 2009

New York authorities are investigating a small fire at the temporary home for the remains of thousands of World Trade Center victims.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the smoldering fire in a section of the facility’s chapel appeared to have been set intentionally.

Firefighters got a call at about 9 a.m. Saturday to respond to Memorial Park, a weatherproof tent on Manhattan’s East Side where the city is storing the remains of 9/11 victims who have yet to be identified.

The fire damaged a wooden bench and mementos honoring the dead. The remains were not damaged.

The mayor says anyone who would do such a thing “is craven and contemptible.”

Fire marshals and police are investigating.

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