CONEY ISLAND - A Brooklyn teenager was charged Monday for allegedly starting a fire at a Coney Island NYCHA building Sunday that left 14 people injured, including four firefighters and two police officers.
Marcell Dockery, 16, was charged with four counts of arson, along with two counts of assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Dockery allegedly started the fire on the 13th floor of Unity Towers.
The two injured police officers were identified as 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez and 38-year-old Dennis Guerra. NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says both officers were overcome by smoke and were found unresponsive in a hallway. Both officers, who had been assigned to the building, remain in critical condition after being hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning.
Firefighters responded to another fire at Unity Towers Monday afternoon that sparked in the kitchen of a unit on the ninth floor. Officials say no one was injured, but residents were left shaken following yesterday's fire.