Officials said the resident of the home's bottom floor — where the fire originated — was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Police described him as "emotionally disturbed."
Flames broke out at a home on 19th Street near Astoria Park on Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The bomb squad was requested for a suspicious package at the scene.
At the scene, officials found chemicals and other hazardous materials, as well as books and manuals regarding military explosives and booby traps.
While officials did not find a "completed improvised explosive device," the fire could have created a much more serious situation due to the hazardous nature of storing the chemicals near each other, officials said.
Video showed police take a shirtless man into custody. He was found hiding behind the home.Police said once the hazardous materials are removed from the scene and taken to a secure location, neighbors with homes