NEW YORK (April 7, 2014) Two New York City police officers were in critical condition Monday after they were overcome by smoke while responding to a suspicious fire in a residential building in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn on Sunday.
“Officers Rosa Rodriguez and Dennis Guerra took the building's elevator up to the 13th floor where they were overcome by smoke in the hallway as they exited,” police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Bratton says firefighters found both officers "unconscious and unresponsive."
The commissioner says the officers suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and the effects of smoke inhalation.
Fire officials say the blaze in the 18-story building on Surf Avenue broke out just after noon on the 13th floor and was brought under control within an hour.
"The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious and is under active investigation,” Bratton said.
Three firefighters and two civilians were treated for minor injuries.