2010-01-08 / Top Stories

Owner Offers Reward In Burning Of Mini-Mart

Abdul Muflahi thinks that somebody in Far Rockaway burned down his mini-mart and has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist and the person who ordered the fire.

“A thief comes in and takes what he wants and then runs away,” said Muflahi, who owns the Bayview Mini- Mart in Inwood. “A person who comes and does not take anything but leaves a fire is something else.”

The fire in question took place about 3 a.m. on December 30. The store, located at 414 Bayview Avenue, was heavily damaged in the fire, which was put out by the Inwood Volunteer Fire Department.

“I believe that the guy who set the fire was working for somebody who wanted to put me out of business, who was jealous of my success,” Muflahi said this week. “I am not interested in the guy who set the fire, but the guy who paid him to do it.”

An official at the Inwood Volies declined to comment on how the fire started.

“We don’t decide how they started, we just deal with them and put them out,” he said.

Nassau County Fire Marshal Michael Mennella, who has been assigned to the case, indicated that the fire was of a suspicious nature.

Mennella did not return several calls for comment on how the fire started.

Anybody with information about the fire is urged to call Muflahi at 646-519- 1008 or Mennella at 516-572-1083.

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