A domestic dispute in East Harlem ended with a man locking himself in a room in an East Harlem apartment and starting a fire. Seven people, including two New York police officers, were injured.
The Citizen App video shows flames coming out of the second-floor window on Saturday around 5:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Houses building, located at Fifth Avenue and 135th Street.
Officers responded to a 911 call about a man violating a protective order.
Multiple Injured During Apartment Building Fire @CitizenApp
W 135th St & 5th Ave Yesterday 5:08:13 PM EDT
Neighbors heard a loud argument in the apartment before calling the police. “I didn’t think about any of that because it’s normal for them. He went crazy, and she got out,” Sam Jones, whose daughter lives in the building, told the Daily News.
Jones added: “When the cops came banging on the door, he barricaded the door. They yelled, telling him to open the door and they were coming in.”
After controlling the flames, officers were able to enter the apartment and arrest the 61-year-old man, police said.
In all, five tenants and two officers were injured after the incident. All were treated at the scene and taken to Harlem Hospital and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt.