Unknown man burns American flag outside New York’s Playwright Irish Pub
Police are now searching for the unpatriotic arsonist. Pub owner John Doherty hung the red, white and blue to celebrate his U.S. citizenship, which he earned four days earlier.
By Dennis Slattery / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 8, 2013,
Video shows creep setting flag on fire at Playwright Irish Pub on W. 35th St., hours after Fourth of July fireworks ended. Pub’s owner had just earned American citizenship.
Police are now searching for the man who started the blaze around 4:35 a.m. on July 5 outside Playwright Irish Pub on W. 35th St., a fire that not only consumed the symbol of these United States but also half the bar’s awning.
Video caught a man setting a fire at the Playwright Irish Pub.
“I didn’t think anyone would touch the flag, especially on the Fourth of July,” said pub owner John Doherty — who hung the red, white and blue to celebrate his U.S. citizenship, which he earned four days earlier.
“It’s disgusting that someone would burn it,” the newly minted national said. “Flying that flag is part of being proud to be American.”
The Playwright Irish Pub’s awning was damaged by fire set by drunk passerby.
Doherty, 42, said when his staff told him about the fire he thought it must have been electrical or an accident. But then he saw the video from the bar’s surveillance camera.
In the 18-minute footage, the firestarter is seen struggling to ignite the flag with a cigarette lighter as passers-by just walk on by without saying a word.
The Playwright Irish Pub, awning was damaged by fire when a drunk set fire to the American flag proudly displayed there.
After lighting the fire, the firebug stood back and admired his work, taking the time to smoke a cigarette and even took a photo of the burning flag with his cell phone camera.
A porter at the bar eventually doused the flames before the Fire Department responded, saving the building.
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Owner John Doherty hung the red, white and blue to celebrate his U.S. citizenship, which he earned four days earlier.
The fire caused $3,000 in damage to pub’s exterior.
Doherty has turned the video over to cops. He told police that he believes the culprit works at a nearby restaurant.