Accused Arsonist Arrested In Connection To 2006 Fatal Fire In The Bronx

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June 11, 2020 - 7:12 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Fire Marshals on Thursday arrested a man in connected to a fatal fire in the Bronx in 2006.

After a decade of the fire at 2185 Grand Concourse remain unsolved, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced they had arrested 46-year-old Luis Venture in connection to the crime and seven recent trash fires in Queens.  

“This arrest is an example of outstanding coordination between our Fire Marshals and the NYPD,” said Commissioner Nigro. “I commend all involved for their efforts to arrest a dangerous individual whose actions led to a death of an innocent New Yorker fourteen years ago.”

In May and June, FDNY Marshals responded to a number of trash fires in Jamaica, along the vicinities of Highland Avenue, Parsons Boulevard, Hillside Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway.

Upon investigating the fires, marshals determined Venture was a person of interest.

The FDNY says a review of past records during the course of the investigation connected him to the unsolved 2006 incendiary fire in the Bronx, which occurred on Dec. 17, 2006. 

The fire, which began in the lobby, took 12 units and 60 members to bring under control and resulted in 10 injuries, including one critically injured person who died from their injuries one month later.

Ventura is charged with murder, arson, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. 

The case will be prosecuted by the Bronx District Attorney’s office.

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