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Borough Park explosion ruled arson

Recently-evicted resident set the blaze as revenge: FDNY

December 04, 2015 10:08AM

Borough Park Explosion

The aftermath of the explosion at 4206 13th Avenue in Borough Park

An explosion last month at 4206 13th Avenue in Borough Park was caused by a recently-evicted resident who, out for revenge, poured gasoline on a stairway and ignited it, FDNY officials said.

Francisca Figueroa, owner of the Franchezka Unisex hair salon in Park Slope, was ejected from her apartment at the three-story building after a dispute with the landlord, Terry Sussman.

The resulting explosion killed Figueroa, as well as tenant Ligia Puello, who lived in the third floor, and injured 12 others.

Officials say Figueroa called friends and family prior the to arson to say goodbye, the New York Post reported.

Initial reports following the exposition blamed a gas leak caused by the improper removal of a stove. [NYP] – Ariel Stulberg