NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - An arsonist targeting Jewish-owned homes in and around Forest Hills, Queens has struck again. The latest fire happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday on 69th Road. According to the NYPD, it is the same home construction site that was set on fire in the middle of November. This time the house was destroyed.
Five other suspected arson fires happened in November and October within a few blocks of the latest fire - all at construction sites, police said.
A community of Bukharian Jews have been knocking down smaller homes and building so-called McMansions in the area.
The sect of Jews is from Central Asia. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a large number of them have immigrated into the United States and many have settled in the Forest Hills area.
Officials released surveillance video of the suspect believed to be responsible for the fires. All of the homes were empty when the fires started.
The NYPD is asking that if you have any information, give them a call. You can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
Editor's note: Police earlier released a photo of a possible suspect. That person has been cleared and is not related to the case.