NYPD: Person arrested following fire at Dyker Heights home
Police confirm the fire marshal has made an arrest following an early Wednesday morning house fire in Dyker Heights.
The FDNY says the fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. on the top floor of a three-story home at 1241 67th St. It took firefighters around an hour and a half to get it under control. One firefighter was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.
Neighbors say the home has been vacant for quite some time and that squatters moved in this past summer. They say the squatters caused a huge ruckus, from destroying property to stealing things.
Jay Zhu, who lives three doors down, shared exclusive video with News 12 showing someone believed to be a squatter tearing down his security cameras.
Zhu and his neighbors say this morning's fire was only a matter of time. They're calling on the city to do more to help the homeless population.
"The city should do something, do something to help the homeless, to help the whole neighborhood, help the homeowner to not let things get worse and worse. That is all my hope," said Zhu.
Both the FDNY and NYPD could not confirm the identity of the person who was arrested nor what charges they are facing.
According to Department of Housing Preservation and Development records, the home has open violations dating back a year in regards to rodent and roach infestations as well as missing or broken self closing doors.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.