2017-01-25 / Front Page

Police, FDNY Probing Woodside Auto Fires

By Liz Goff
Police and fire officials are searching for the suspect(s) who set two vehicles on fire in Woodside last week.

Cops said the first incident involved a van that erupted in flames on 56th Street and Queens Boulevard just after midnight on January 16.

A passerby called 911 and firefighters arrived at the scene within moments to extinguish the blaze, a fire spokesperson said.

Firefighters were called back to the scene at about 3 a.m. on January 16, after a car parked behind the van broke out in flames, the fire spokesperson said. The front of the car suffered significant damage in the blaze.

Both vehicles were parked near Calvary Cemetery, police said. Cemetery officials were unable to provide investigators with surveillance footage showing activity in the area on the night of the fires, authorities said.

Police and fire marshals are conducting investigations to determine who started the fires, and if they were set with an accelerant.

Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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