Man arrested for arson after fireworks burns down Brooklyn home

Kimberly Dole
July 02, 2020 - 6:16 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police arrested a man for arson after he allegedly set off fireworks in a driveway that burned down a home in Brooklyn last month.

Damien Bend, 36, was arrested by fire marshals Friday and charged with arson in the fourth degree.

The fire that engulfed the home at 1709 East 51st Street in the Flatlands section on June 24.

FDNY officials say Bend was caught on surveillance footage lighting the illegal fireworks when one flew into an open window on the first floor of the house.

Bend and a few others were seen in the video continuing to set off the fireworks as the fire continue to spread inside.

He finally noticed the flames after going inside to get more fireworks, FDNY said.

It took 60 firefighters to place under control.

"Illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to the safety of New Yorkers and their property," said Commissioner Daniel Nigro. "Our Fire Marshals will continue to actively enforce the laws relating to illegal possession and sales of fireworks in New York City."

Fire Marshals have arrested 17 people in the last nine days and seized about $36,700 worth of illegal fireworks.