NEW YORK (PIX11) — Investigators were questioning someone in connection with a fire that broke out in a Coney Island high-rise and critically injured two New York police officers, police said.
Details were scarce about who was in custody. An NYPD spokesman said Monday morning only that they were questioning a potential suspect.
The fire erupted about 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the 13th floor of 2007 Surf Ave., officials said. Two officers became trapped by smoke, and were found unconscious.
They were taken to separate hospitals and listed in critical condition.
The officers were identified as Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38.
In a dramatic scanner conversation obtained by PIX11, Guerra can be heard telling the dispatcher, “I can’t breathe.”
Both Rodriguez and Guerra suffered smoke inhalation.
An investigation into what caused the blaze is ongoing, but officials said Sunday that someone may have lit on a mattress on fire in a 13th-floor hallway.