Alleged arsonist arrested in connection to string of NYCHA fires

Kimberly Dole
November 14, 2019 - 1:22 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Fire officials arrested a man in connection to a string of fires within NYCHA’s Louis Heaton Pink Houses in Brooklyn.

Fire marshals determined that 31-year-old Michael F. Hall deliberately started five fires over a span of six months, that injured four people, including one that nearly killed a couple in their apartment.

The fires were set during early morning at the front doors of apartments, blocking firefighters from entering and residents from escaping their homes.

Hall lived next door to his last victim, officials say.

"Arson is a violent crime that demonstrates a depraved indifference to the lives of New Yorkers and FDNY members," said Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro in a statement. "Once again, the investigative work of our Fire Marshals has led to the apprehension of a dangerous individual who used fire as a weapon to harm others."

Hall is also being charged with early morning fires at 2628 Linden Blvd that occurred on May 28, Oct. 18, Oct 26 and Nov. 3, fire officials say.

The alleged arson faces one count of attempted murder, two counts of arson, one count of criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, two counts of attempted assault, one count of menacing, and harassment.

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