Cops: Cedarhurst Man Being Evicted Intentionally Set Fire to Apartment

A Cedarhurst man has been accused of intentionally setting his apartment on fire because he was angry about being evicted.

Nassau County police arrested Douglas Drummond, 53, and charged him with arson. He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Drummond allegedly lit eight separate fires inside his apartment, which became fully engulfed in flames, police said.

The Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department responded to the blaze just after 2 p.m. and was able to prevent the fire from spreading to additional apartments inside the 57-unit building, police said. Several apartments did sustain water damage, police said.

The entire building was evacuated, and several tenants were displaced, police said.

Drummond and a 24-year-old male victim who lives in a neighboring apartment were both transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and were treated and released, police said.

No other injuries were reported.