2001-11-01 / Other News

Five Police Officers Hurt in E. 84th Street Fire

By Charles Rogers
Five Police Officers Hurt in E. 84th Street Fire By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

Five police officers from the 69th Precinct were injured last Thursday morning while searching for possible victims after responding to a fire that had allegedly been set in a Canarsie home.

The five officers, whose names were not released, were treated for smoke inhalation and related injuries after engaging in a search and rescue operation at a home at the corner of East 84th Street and Avenue N.

Detective Sergeant James O’Neill said Pierre Hendrickson, 42, was arrested and charged with arson after the fire, which was allegedly set as a result of a domestic dispute he had with his estranged wife.

Police Officer Matthew Collins, who made the arrest, said Hendrickson allegedly forcibly entered the house and started a fire, causing extensive damage to the basement apartment and the first and second floors of the three-family house.

The fire was extinguished by personnel from Canarsie’s Engine Co. 257 and Ladder Co. 170.

Sergeant O’Neill said the suspect was picked up later in the day "through the cooperation of our office and the office of Fire Marshal Eric Hansen."

The five police officers who were injured were treated at the scene by paramedics from the City Emergency Medical Service.

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