Suspicious fire on 179th Street leaves eight homeless

An early Saturday morning fire tore through a two family home on 179th Street. Fire marshals are calling the fire suspicious. Two Bronx mothers and their six children are now homeless.

Awilda Vasilis and her three children left their home around 1 a.m., after receiving a death threat from a man who lives across the street. Neighbors say the man threatened to set her house on fire. Vasilis filed a police report hoping police would help.

Witnesses at the scene say police arrested the neighbor shortly after the fire was put out. The mother says the neighbor had been harassing her for rejecting his romantic proposals.

A second tenant, and her three children woke up with the smoke filling the first floor around 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters say the fire is suspicious and fire marshals are investigating the details along with police. Police say the suspect is being questioned. They say they are conducting a harassment investigation but so far the man has not been charged with arson.

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