Woman charged with arson in Huntington Station fire that displaced families, damaged businesses

Fire officials say a commercial building with some apartments on New York Avenue caught fire.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2020, 10:33 AM

Updated 1,493 days ago

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A woman has been charged with arson in the early morning fire in Huntington Station that displaced three families and damaged several businesses and apartments.
Police say Deborah Yeary, 57, intentionally set fire to her apartment on New York Avenue just before 2 a.m. She has been charged with second-degree arson.
One resident told News 12 that the businesses and apartments in the back of building were hit the hardest, while her apartment in the front only had some damage.
She also says several residents in the apartments were families with children.
Agustin Quesada says it would have been a very different morning if it wasn't for his constant changing of his fire alarm's batteries.
"Fire alarm woke me up -- out of my sleep!" he says. "I grabbed my kid and I ran out."
A salon that just reopened after being closed due to the pandemic was affected.
"We opened like two, three days ago and now we can do nothing," says Henner Valaquez, owner of Estelina's Beauty Salon. "I don't know what we are going to do now."
No injuries were reported.
The Red Cross says it provided three families with money for food, supplies and a hotel.


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