The owner of the diner, Muhammed Abdul Quadir (right), hired Chris Gooding (left) for a mere $2,000 to plan and ignite the fire that tore a hole in the already wounded Norwood commercial strip. Both have been arrested on charges of arson and other related charges.
(photo courtesy of the NYFD, via NY Times)
Officials are indicating that this fire and a previous conflagration that destroyed a strip of stores on Halloween in the same commercial district of Bainbridge Avenue/204th Street are not related.
Hopefully Mssrs. Quadir and Gooding will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and the Norwood community can gain some closure and turn its attention to rebuilding.
"Bronx Diner Owner Accused of Arson" [Al Baker, New York Times]
A thank you to BoogieDowner reader, Lora for alerting us to this article.