Priest's Car Torched Outside His East Village Parish
EAST VILLAGE — Three cars — including a red Honda Civic belonging to an 81-year-old priest — were torched on East Ninth Street early Saturday, officials and witnesses said.
The blaze began across from Trinity Lutheran Parish on Ninth Street between Avenues B and C about 1:23 a.m., fire officials said. No one was injured, and no one had been arrested as of Monday afternoon.
“I heard some noise, and I saw a thick shadow and one of the cars was on fire,” said the Rev. Pat Moloney, 81, who lives next door to the church. “The middle car was ablaze, and it spread to the back of our car.”
Moloney said he was thankful nobody was injured, but said not having a car will make his work more difficult.
“It’s a loss,” Moloney said of the Honda. “It’s disappointing. But I’m rolling with the punches.”