Real Estate

published : 2023-11-08

Landlord Sets New York Home on Fire After Tenants Become Squatters

Brooklyn landlord Rafiqul Islam faces arson and attempted murder charges

A photo of a Brooklyn townhouse, symbolizing the setting where the shocking incident occurred. Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

A shocking incident unfolded in Brooklyn as a landlord took drastic measures to evict tenants who had stopped paying rent and refused to move out.

Authorities have arrested landlord Rafiqul Islam after he allegedly set fire to a house on Forbell Street with a family of eight inside.

The fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. on September 26, according to the New York City Fire Department.

Emergency services received a 911 call reporting smoke and flames on the first floor of the two-story building.

Although everyone managed to escape alive, seven people were hospitalized with minor injuries.

A close-up image of a burning staircase, representing the dangerous act of arson committed by the landlord. Taken with a Nikon D850.

The harrowing scene saw the father desperately tossing four of his children out of a rear window to neighbors below, while firefighters rescued the remaining two children and the parents jumped to safety.

Fire marshals who investigated the incident revealed that the dispute between Islam and his tenants had been ongoing since January.

The tenants had reportedly moved into the property in May 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tensions had escalated to the point where Islam allegedly threw a dangerous substance, described as 'black tar,' at their door and even threatened to burn them out.

In an appalling act of desperation, Islam is said to have lit the fire in the stairwell, endangering the lives of the whole family.

An emotional picture of a family embracing outside their damaged home, highlighting the impact of the incident on their lives. Taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

This heinous act has led to Islam facing a multitude of charges, including eight counts each of attempted murder and assault, as well as an arson charge.

Authorities had been tirelessly investigating the case for weeks, finally identifying Islam through video footage where he was seen without his hood and mask.

The incident has once again raised concerns over the treatment of tenants and the challenges faced by both landlords and renters amidst the ongoing pandemic.

With houses becoming battlegrounds in legal and financial disputes, it is clear that more needs to be done to address the complexities of such situations.

This shocking incident serves as a grim reminder of the consequences that can arise when disputes between landlords and tenants escalate to dangerous levels.