Man throws Molotov cocktail into LES beauty salon, two injured

A man threw a Molotov cocktail at a Lower East Side beauty parlor on Sunday, injuring two people, police and sources said.

The terrifying scene took place just before 5 p.m. at the Sa Sa II Beauty Salon, located at 129 Eldridge Street, when the suspect was spotted by witnesses who threw the incendiary device into the business, according to police sources.

A 60-year-old woman suffered burns to her chest and a 46-year-old man suffered burns to his chest and arms. Both were taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition, police said.

The suspect fled after the attack and no arrests were immediately reported.

Witnesses told The Post that the parlor’s front door was locked at the time of the arson and those trapped inside were banging on the door in a desperate attempt to get to safety as the building quickly filled with smoke.

Police and FDNY are outside the salon.
The parlor’s front door was locked at the time of the arson and those trapped inside banged on the door in a desperate attempt to flee.
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Remains of the fire are on the street.
A 60-year-old woman suffered burns to her chest and a 46-year-old man suffered burns to his chest and arms.
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“The whole store was full of black smoke and we didn’t even notice there was a fire or anything, but someone was banging to get out and the door was locked,” said Nick Gerrard, 30, who had a drink afterwards. door, told The Post.

Gerrard said the smoke was so thick that he could only see the person’s fists pounding on the glass door and could not make out his face.

Gerrard, of Brooklyn, tried to break the glass door with a crank before he and another witness were finally able to pry the door a crack to allow the man inside to escape.

A police officer looks into the salon.
No arrests have been made yet.
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He said the man whose “clothes were completely burned” ran out of the building, followed by one or two people who were also inside. Then the flames got bigger.

“We saw the flames coming in and black smoke coming out of the front door,” Gerrard said.

A manager from the neighboring business grabbed a fire extinguisher and began spraying the saloon until the fire department showed up minutes later.

According to the FDNY, firefighters had the flames under control around 5:30 p.m.

Police and firefighters are investigating the incident.

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