Man Charged After Outdoor Dining Structure Torched in New York City

Authorities in New York City arrested and charged a man for intentionally setting fire to an outdoor dining area in Queens on October 18, the New York Fire Department (FDNY) said.

Footage posted to Facebook by the FDNY shows the suspect approaching Leo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Roosevelt Avenue and setting the fire, which spread to two nearby vehicles and a commercial food establishment, fire officials said.

The business said on Instagram that the fire affected their outdoor area only and were able to open their indoors as normal.

The suspect, identified as Oscar Vidal by authorities, was arrested on November 1 and charged with four counts of arson, criminal mischief, intent to damage property, as well as reckless endangerment, according to the FDNY. Credit: New York City Fire Department via Storyful

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