Mill Basin

Man arrested on arson charges in Kings Plaza parking garage fire

September 18, 2018 Associated Press
In this screen shot from video, smoke billows from a fire at a parking garage in Mill Basin on Monday. The Fire Department of New York said dozens of vehicles were damaged when the fire broke out on two floors of the four-story garage at around 9 a.m., causing non-life-threatening injuries to 21 people, including 18 firefighters, and the Kings Plaza mall was closed as a result. Citizen App via AP

Police have arrested a man on arson charges in connection with the fire in a parking garage that damaged dozens of vehicles and sent thick black smoke billowing over Mill Basin. 

Twenty-three-year-old Avon Stephens, of Brooklyn, was arrested Monday, hours after the fire broke out on two floors of the four-story garage at around 9 a.m. The Kings Plaza mall was closed as a result.

Fire officials say 21 people were injured. All but three of them were firefighters. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

It took nearly three hours to get the fire under control.

It wasn’t clear if Stephens had a lawyer who could comment.

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