Editor’s note: Police initially said the lounge was set on fire with a Molotov cocktail on Sunday afternoon, but have since determined that the arsonist poured gasoline and then set it on fire. For the latest updates on the survey, click here.
LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) – A suspect threw a molotov cocktail at a living room on the Lower East Side on Sunday, injuring several people, police said.
A 911 call came in for a fire at a beauty salon on Eldridge Street near Broome Street around 5.15pm, officials said. Two people were burned.
When officers arrived, they found a 46-year-old man who had suffered burns all over his body. A 60-year-old woman was burned on her face and back.
They were both taken to hospital for treatment, authorities said. None of the victims were considered likely to die. Police said Sunday night they were questioning the injured man.
Witness Nick Gerard said he saw people fleeing the building. He said their clothes were burned.
“They were covered in soot,” Gerard said.
Someone couldn’t get out of the living room, Gerard said. He and another person tried to break the window.
“It was made of safety glass, so it wouldn’t break,” Gerard said.
Police were still looking for a suspect on Sunday evening. Officials have yet to release a description.
Submit information to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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