(NEW YORK) — Two police officers remain hospitalized in critical condition and a teenage boy is in police custody following a fire on the Coney Island section of Brooklyn this weekend.
The blaze was reported on Sunday afternoon at a building, located at 2007 Surf Avenue. Police officials said housing officers Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38, responded to the fire and took the building’s elevator up to the 13th floor, where the fire was reported. The officers were overcome by smoke in a hallway.
“Fire Department personnel arrived at the building and made their way up to the 13th floor, where they located both police officers, unconscious and unresponsive, on the hallway floor,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement.
Firefighters pulled both officers from the building, and they were taken to area hospitals for treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning and the effects of smoke inhalation.
Bratton said the cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and remains under investigation.
A 16-year-old boy who lives in the building has been taken into custody, ABC’s New York station WABC-TV reported.
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