Former super suspected of starting fire in garage of Staten Island building

February 03, 2011 05:32PM

A former building super from Staten Island is suspected of chopped up his furniture and using it to start a fire at his Livingston building this morning, the Post reported. Lube Paskoski, 65, who retired from his job but still lives in a garden apartment in the building at 150 Bard Avenue, is suspected of setting the blaze inside the garage, according to police and fire sources. Paskoski had served as the super for the small complex until he retired a few years ago, residents said. “He had recently told his landlord that if he didn’t get his heat turned back on he was going to burn down the apartment,” a source said. The two-alarm fire burned through the garage and Paskoski’s apartment into another resident’s second-floor apartment. The flames then spread to an adjoining second-floor apartment. In total, three apartments suffered extensive damage, but there were no serious injuries. Paskoski, who had burn marks on one hand and stick matches stashed in a pocket, was taken to the 120th Precinct, where he was given a summons for having an open container of alcohol at the scene and charged with criminal mischief for breaking a desk while being questioned, sources said. More charges against Paskoski are pending, police sources said. [Post]