Because I wrote about it at the time, I’ve always remembered the dozens of fires that broke out during the early months of 2005 fires in Bedford Gardens, Brooklyn, a big apartment complex. That would have to be the work of a serial arsonist, right? Not so:
A fire caused by stovetop burners left on for Passover killed three boys as it whipped through a Brooklyn apartment before dawn yesterday, a few hours after the family had gone to bed at the end of a night of feasting, singing and celebrating. …
A fire official said that the Orthodox Jewish custom of leaving a flame burning during Sabbath and holidays has caused 35 kitchen fires at Bedford Gardens, the 600-unit apartment complex in Williamsburg, in the last several months.
Now, close to that same location, it’s happened again, and most likely for the same reason. This time the fire, which started early Saturday morning, engulfed a single-family house. Seven kids burned to death. The number of victims means that it’s the largest fire tragedy that New York City has seen since 2008.