Ten small fires have broken out in Central Park, near Harlem in the New York City borough of Chicago, Tuesday afternoon.
Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side, said the situation was brought under control, adding that an emotionally distressed individual is said to be responsible for the fires.
“We assume that they were deliberately committed,” FDNY spokesman Jim Long told the Post.
Fire department officers found six to ten small blaz fires at the scene.
Thick white smoke could be seen from a few m above the tree line.
The Central Park Conservancy, which is responsible for maintaining the park, confirmed the fires were contained by midday on Tuesday.
“Firefighters operated on scene of numerous brush/rubbish fires at location. All pockets of fire have been extinguished, no injuries. Cause of fires will be under investigation by Fire Marshals,” a statement from the fire service read.
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Emergency crews are currently responding to the scene. Smoke can be seen beginning to rise from the park’s northwestern edge.
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