New York News
Correction officer arrested in Brooklyn arson that left 12 hurt
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A New York City correction officer is under arrest, accused of starting a fire in Brooklyn that left 12 people hurt, five of them critically.
Police say 43-year-old Yvette Randolph splashed gasoline inside the brownstone on Chauncey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section just after 9 a.m. and then set it ablaze.
Sources tell Eyewitness News that her target was an ex-boyfriend who doesn't even live in the building anymore.
More than 100 firefighters responded to battle the intense flames.
Twelve people were injured, including children, and five people were rushed to area hospitals with critical injuries.
Firefighters also made several dramatic rescues.
Thankfully, all the victims are expected to survive.
The brownstone has reportedly been in the same family for three generations, currently owned by Rhonda Scott.
Among the injured were Scott's niece and two nephews, 12-year-old Zahir Storey, his 4-year-old cousin Alston Storey and Alston's 13-year-old older sister, Keara Storey. They remain in a Brooklyn Hospital.
"I don't know what to say, and I don't know what to do," Scott said. "This is in God's hands...They took in so much smoke, so much soot, so they have to get it out of their lungs. Not good to see no babies like that."
Randolph is charged with second-degree arson.
new york city, brooklyn, bedford-stuyvesant, fire, new york news
- Third grader killed in accident, truck driver charged
- AccuWeather: Warmer stretch arrives
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- iWitness Photos and Videos
- Car dealer charged after selling Sandy-damaged vehicles
- NJ Transit train disabled inside Hudson River tunnel
- Surveillance released in shooting of 9-year-old boy
- Man stabbed on 2 train in Bronx
- Prosecutors likely to reduce charges in SUV assault
- Video: Two US astronauts set to spacewalk to fix ISS
- GWB repair work this weekend
- Father in Army reunites with son in kindergarten class
- Photos: Deadly fire in the Bronx
- Target data breach: 7 Things to know
Eyewitness News Links
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed Photos