A landlord in New York City set fire to a house containing eight tenants following a rent dispute with them

According to reports, he expressed his dissatisfaction as they stopped fulfilling their rent obligations and refused to vacate the premises.

Rafiqul Islam, a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, appeared in court to face a 59-count indictment. The judge ordered him to be detained without bond. If convicted of the most serious charge, first-degree attempted murder, he could face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. In addition to that, Islam is also facing charges of attempted assault and multiple counts of endangering the welfare of others.

Occupied Rental Home

According to investigators, on that fateful September morning, a resident on the second floor detected the smell of fire emanating from outside their apartment. Concerned, the tenant went to investigate the situation, but found that the only access in or out of the building was through the interior staircase, which was engulfed in smoke and flames.

The Family Was Rescued

The entire family, consisting of six children ranging in age from one to eight, had to escape the advancing fire by jumping out of a back window and onto the roof. Luckily, two of the adults were able to lower the children down to waiting neighbors, who caught them safely from a distance of about 20 feet. After ensuring the children’s safety, the two adults courageously jumped from the roof to the ground. One of them immediately dialed 911 for help.

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