CEDARHURST, N.Y. (AP) — Police in New York say a Long Island man torched his apartment and forced the evacuation of his entire building because he was about to be evicted.
The fire happened yesterday in a 57-unit building in Cedarhurst.
Nassau County police say 53-year-old Douglas Drummond lit eight separate fires in his apartment because he was angry that he was being evicted.
Firefighters managed to contain the fire to Drummond’s third-floor apartment but several other apartments sustained water damage.
The building was evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze. Several tenants were displaced.
Drummond and a man in a neighboring apartment were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital.
Drummond was arrested on a charge of second-degree arson.