DEVELOPING STORY: As many as 10 fires are burning in New York City’s Central Park.
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Police says the fires are being investigated as arson.
The FDNY confirmed it was working to put out “numerous brush fires” (though law enforcement sources described them as rubbish fires) in the park near 110th Street.
No injuries have been reported.
Police, meanwhile, are looking into whether the afternoon fires could be linked to a separate fire apparently set in Central Park earlier in the morning, around 7 a.m., the law enforcement sources said.
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Witnesses told police they saw a man setting a fire in the afternoon near Central Park West, the sources said, though no description was immediately made public.
Breaking: Up to 10 small fires broke out in Central Park in Manhattan on Tuesday. NBC reports that the fires were caused by arson. pic.twitter.com/CHpQPJCoS6— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) March 8, 2022
HAPPENING NOW: FDNY Battling Multiple Fires Reportedly Set By Arsonist In Central Park – https://t.co/vqY5LlrTNn pic.twitter.com/CgRDUk42xo— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 8, 2022
Several fires broke out in Central Park on Tuesday, sending plumes of thick smoke wafting over Upper Manhattan, according to witnesses and officials. https://t.co/XhCwVP4wzH— Gothamist (@Gothamist) March 8, 2022