By Daniel Katzive
Visitors to Central Park and nearby residents were startled to see dense smoke billowing over the north part of the park Tuesday afternoon. According to the FDNY, firefighters responded to a number of brush fires in the park near West 110th Street at around 1:20pm. The fires were extinguished with no injuries reported.
A police department spokesman, Sergeant Anwar Ishmael, told West Side Rag that investigators were still trying to determine whether the fires may have been deliberately set. He did indicate that a witness had reported a man setting fires at around 107th Street and Central Park West at around this time.
Conditions on the ground were still damp after last night’s heavy rains, but strong winds may have been conducive to spreading fire.