Manhattan fire - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Man charged with murder, arson in SoHo fire

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The NYPD has arrested and charged a man with murder and arson in connection with a deadly five-alarm fire in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

Witnesses told police they saw Wei Chu Wu, 45, start the fire Thursday night after an argument he had with his child's mother.

One person was killed and two suffered minor injuries, the FDNY confirmed. The woman and child are safe, the AP reported. The body that was found was so badly charred that responders could not tell the victim's gender, according to a report.

Wu was charged Friday with arson in the first degree, murder in the second degree, attempted assault on a police officer or fireman, and resisting arrest, the NYPD said.

The fire started on the second floor where Wu lived at about 6:30 p.m., spread through the upper floors, and punched through the roof of a five-story building at 41 Spring Street, the FDNY said.

Wu fought with a police officer and firefighters who were trying to enter the building, according to police.

The suspect was treated at a hospital for bruises and a police officer was treated for a broken hand, reported the AP.

More than 160 firefighters responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in about three hours.

Police closed Spring Street between Lafayette Street and Elizabeth Street; and Mulberry Street between Kenmare Street and East Houston Street, according to the Office of Emergency Management's Twitter feed.

Witnessed said thick smoke engulfed several blocks in the neighborhood.

American Red Cross disaster responders arrived at the scene to assist displaced residents.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Temperature drops; snow moves in

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:15 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:15:30 GMT
    Fox 5 photoFox 5 photo
    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
    Temperatures are below average for the remainder of the week. The mild weather made an exit in the Tristate region and snow moved in late Tuesday into Wednesday. Scattered showers, heavier rain, thunderstorms, and strong winds made a return. 
  • Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Robert De Niro says Tribeca Film Festival is his passion

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:47:46 GMT
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
    Robert De Niro is a family man, a filmmaker, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite actors of all time. He's also a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which has more to see than ever before. De Niro wears just as many hats on screen as he does in real life. The father of six starred in six films last year, owns four restaurants and a hotel, and still finds time each spring for the Tribeca Film Festival, Lower Manhattan's annual cinematic showcase.
  • NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

    NYPD ends Muslim surveillance program

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:36:21 GMT
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the department's Intelligence Division.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices