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Cars go up in flames in Gravesend

Up in smoke: Fire marshals are investigating what caused a blaze on two cars near Avenue S and E. Fifth Street on April 15.
Photo by Mark Mellone

Fire Marshals are investigating what caused two cars parked on E. Fifth Street to go up in flames early in the morning on April 15.

About a dozen firefighters arrived at the smoky scene near Avenue S in Gravesend at about 6:15 am and battled the blaze until it was under control at 6:51 am, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The flames erupted early Saturday morning on shabbat, and in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover, in a heavily Jewish neighborhood, so Fire Marshals are investigating whether some criminal intentionally ignited the sparks, the spokeswoman said.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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