NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspected arsonist was charged with arson Monday after allegedly igniting several fires at two Queens malls Monday.
Firefighters responded to a call around 3:15 p.m. about a small blaze at Macy’s at the Queens Center shopping center, where some clothing had been set on fire, officials told CBS 2. Firefighters quickly put out the flames.
Derrick Sumair, 23, was charged Monday night, police said. The charges so far include allegations that he set fires inside a Staples store on Sunday and a Sears on Monday at the Rego Park Center.
A short time later at the nearby Rego Park Center, more small fires — also from clothing being lit — were reported at Sears, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond and Burlington Coat Factory. They were also quickly extinguished.