New York City Fire Marshals Arrest Suspect in 13 Arson Fires

September 17, 2012

New York City fire marshals say an arsonist set 13 fires in five months, including a blaze at a laundry in Queens where more than a dozen firefighters were injured.

Thien Dinh was arrested Friday on charges of arson, reckless endangerment and burglary. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney, and there’s no working phone number at his Bronx address.

Fire marshals began investigating after the Aug. 20 Queens blaze left 19 firefighters with minor injuries.

The most recent blaze was Thursday. Fire Department of New York spokesman Jim Long says the 43-year-old Dinh was arrested walking away from the scene. He says Dinh set a series of small fires in garbage cans and under cars, as many as five in a day.

Dinh has 45 prior arrests.

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