Great Neck woman accused of arson

A Great Neck woman was arrested and charged with arson, Nassau police said, after she set a fire that spread to a local restaurant.

According to the Arson Bomb Squad detectives, Inger McCaskill, 46, of 10 South St., used a lighter to set fire to a bush next to Safa Restaurant, 451 Middleneck Rd. at about 2:47 p.m.

The fire soon spread to the outside front wall of the restaurant, prompting the Great Neck Alert Fire Department to respond with five fire trucks and 25 firefighters, police said. The restaurant was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.


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Police said McCaskill also removed decorative lights from the front of restaurant and left the scene on foot. Third precinct police officers eventually arrested McCaskill nearby, but not before they say she "began to struggle with the officers flailing her arms in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed," according to a news release.

McCaskill is charged with fourth degree arson, fifth degree arson, petit larceny, second degree obstruction of governmental administration, and resisting arrest. She was scheduled for arraignment Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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