August 18, By Christian Murray
There were four fires deliberated set by an unknown suspect in Sunnyside Gardens this morning, according to police.
The fires all took place around 49th and 50th Streets at about 5:00 a.m. There were no injuries.
The first fire was set outside 39-41 49th Street—where former Councilman Eric Gioia lives. According to police, a Mercury Mariner was set on fire and the vehicle was destroyed. According to sources, that car belongs to Gioia.
Meanwhile, at 39-82 50th Street, some trash and a discarded carpet were set on fire. There was no major damage.
There was also a fire set outside of Donato’s Restaurant & Pizzeria at 50-22 39th Avenue, as well as a garbage can set on fire at 39-10 49th Street. There was no sign of major damage.
Donato’s was operating as normal on Sunday.
The police believe that all the incidents are connected and are looking for a light-skinned male. They have no further information.
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