Investigators from the New York City Fire Department are looking for a teen caught on surveillance video starting a fire outside a residential building in Williamsburg.
The incident took place Friday afternoon at 142 Middleton. Surveillance video shows the teen walking up the steps, taking matches and setting the cardboard box on fire. He then adds paper to spread the fire and watches the flames grow.
“The fire marshals are investigating it,” FDNY Spokesman James Long told JP Updates.
Shlomy Sinay, a resident at the building, watched the event unfolding from his window.
“We thought that the door was going to start flaming,” Sinay said. “It was a very strong fire.”
Luckily, a bystander noticed the fire before it spread and found assistance from a nearby family, whose six year-old son helped fetch water to put out the flames.
Thanks to such quick action, the fire had little lasting damage.
“It just left a mark on the floor,” Sinay said.
A source familiar with the investigation told JP Updates that the teen likely attends a local school and was on his way home when he set the fire. Fire marshals will investigate his identity by going to nearby schools and asking staffers if they recognize pictures of the boy, the source said.