Queens Man Charged With Up to 18 Arson Fires


Queens Man, Charged With 18 Arsons, Set Fires ‘For Fun’

POSTED: 1:25 pm EST January 20, 2007

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NEW YORK — A man charged with starting 18 fires in Queens over the past few months said he set the blazes for kicks.

Kareem Jamel Walters, 26, was arrested Friday after a fire captain spotted him at the scene of yet another conflagration in the borough’s Rego Park section, and recognized him as having been at several other fires in the area.

When questioned, Walters allegedly confessed to setting a long string of fires in vehicles and buildings around the city, starting with the torching of a motorcycle in Maspeth in August.

“Yeah, I did it,” Walters told reporters as he entered a Queens courthouse Friday.

“Just for fun,” he added.

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