An FDNY dog found traces of accelerant on three gloves inside the car of Eric Chen, the owner of a building that burned down over the weekend in Queens (NYC), leaving three people dead and four others injured.
Police and fire investigators were searching Chen’s home and Toyota 4Runner truck in Flushing Tuesday night when the canine made the discovery, sources told Chen. New York Post.
Police confiscated the truck, as well as digital recording equipment, a computer monitor, and a hard drive. No arrests have been made in the case and no charges have been filed.
Chen, 29, purchased the home located at 90-31 48th Ave. in Elmhurst in February and has since he had tried to evict eight tenants who lived there. The deadly fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday the 19th. More than 140 FDNY personnel responded to the three-alarm blaze.
Records show that up to 60 people may have lived in that house at one time, one of the 26 open rapes in that residence of three homes. Most occurred before Chen bought the property.
Investigators said this week they were investigating whether the flames had been sparked after finding an accelerator on the property. Surveillance footage also showed an unidentified man entering the home and exiting shortly before the fire broke out.
Two men died behind a closed door on the second floor and another person died on the third floor of the house. Investigators also considered that it was an electrical fire. Chen has declined to comment.
Accelerant found in car of Queens landlord connected to fatal fire https://t.co/QhD2Hz2sKy pic.twitter.com/EifesXI7L5
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