Woman Pours Gasoline, Sets Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva

Woman Pours Gasoline, Sets Fire At Brooklyn Yeshiva

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a woman accused of setting a fire outside a Brooklyn yeshiva.

It’s being investigated as a possible bias crime, CBS2’s John Dias reported Friday.

Video from Avenue J in Midwood shows the woman police are looking for. She takes a portable, red gasoline canister and drenches the perimeter of the Yeshiva of Flatbush around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police said the woman ran away with the canister after lighting the fire.

Moments later, a security guard for the yeshiva doused the fire with water, quickly putting it out before it could spread. The guard saved the school from going up in flames – preventing injuries and significant damage.

Calls came in for what police called a “criminal mischief incident.” Detectives and the NYPD’s arson and explosion division reported to the scene. The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is also investigating.

The community wasn’t disheartened by the size of the fire. They’re most bothered by the probable intention behind it.

“I don’t know what she has against us. We didn’t do anything to her. We are peaceful people,” one man said. “She had hatred, undoubtedly.”

“I know the school very well. I saw it being built,” he added.

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Source: CBS

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