Man Tries to Torch Forest Hills Home With Lighter Fluid Can, Cops Say

By Trevor Kapp and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska  on January 24, 2013 9:10am

 A suspect tossed a bottle of lighter fluid at this Forest Hills House on Jan. 18, 2013, leaving the wall burned.
A suspect tossed a bottle of lighter fluid at this Forest Hills House on Jan. 18, 2013, leaving the wall burned.
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FOREST HILLS — Cops are looking for a man who on Friday allegedly tried to burn down a home along 76th Drive, near Austin Street.

About 1 a.m., the suspect lit a 5-ounce Ronsonol lighter fluid container and tossed it at the building, charring an exterior wall, according to NYPD.

The teen who lives in the building with his parents said his home has been targeted in the past, including having had eggs thrown at it.

The family called the police after they spotted soot on the side of the building and found a melted plastic container near the house.

They checked a tape from one of their surveillance cameras and saw someone throwing a lit object at the house, where the family has lived since 2004.

The fire extinguished itself, and no one was injured, police said.

Cops say the suspect had was slim and wore a dark hat with a light colored jacket and pants.

Anyone with information about the incident should submit a tip at NYPD Crime Stoppers or call 800-577-TIPS.

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