Firefighters to Suspect in Deadly NYC Explosion: 'Burn in Hell'

WNBC 4 - October 02, 2016

by Marc Santia

The suspect in the New York City explosion that killed a FDNY batillion chief was welcomed with glares and jeers of "burn in hell" from firefighters as he was walked into a Bronx police precinct in the rain on Friday. Julio Salcedo Contrer was brought to New York City after he waived extradition from New Jersey at an appearance on Thursday. The 34-year-old was arrested in Cliffside Park on a fugitive warrant on Tuesday. He was wanted for questioning in the blast that killed Chief Michael Fahy.

As he was walked into the station, firefighters in full gear stood steely-eyed and yelled at the man. At least one said "I hope you burn in hell."

Authorities are looking into whether the building in Kingsbridge was used to grow marijuana.

Law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York that the man came face-to-face with first responders shortly before the blast. Garivaldi Castillo of Manhattan has been arrested on criminal possession of marijuana charges. His lawyer has questioned the evidence linking him to the house.