FDNY Fire Marshals Arrest Alleged Serial Arsonist

He’s been snuffed out.

Fire marshals have arrested a serial arsonist who torched 13 trash bins and a Queens laundromat, FDNY officials announced Friday.

Thien Dinh, 43, of the Bronx, was charged with arson, reckless endangerment and burglary for a fire-setting spree that ended yesterday, according to FDNY spokesman Jim Long.

Dinh set fire to three trash cans on Kissena Boulevard in Flushing on Aug. 20, according to the FDNY.

Then, he burglarized a laundromat on 45th Avenue and set fire to trash bins there too, Long said. He set several other fires in the area, some of which damaged nearby cars, officials said.

The firebug got caught after torching trash cans around 1:10 a.m. Thursday, Long said.

Fire marshals, already on the lookout for a man they had identified from surveillance footage of the earlier crimes, “found him walking nearby,” he added.

Firefighters suffered minor injuries in the three-alarm laundromat fire, but no one was seriously injured, officials said.

“Some people get a charge out of seeing the lights and sirens and the response,” Long said.

Dinh has 45 prior arrests, including car-stripping, menacing, burglary and petit larceny, sources said.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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