Edward Garcia, 47, was charged Friday with murder and arson, police said. He is being held at Rikers Island pending a May 13 court date.READ MORE: Wild Roll To Win Against Devils
Information on Garcia’s arraignment and bail was not immediately available. Online court records did not list a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. Police listed his address as a Randall’s Island homeless shelter.
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Nine other people were injured, including several firefighters, officials said.
The fire started around 1:30 a.m. in a first-floor apartment. People in that apartment left the door open as they fled, allowing the fire to spread and smoke to quickly fill the building, officials said.MORE NEWS: Karlsson Scores In OT To Give Sharks Win Over Islanders
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