March 16 fire in the Wyckoff Gardens Houses was the work of a Newark man, police say

Cops: Boerum Hill blaze was arson by bad boyfriend

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Cops cuffed a New Jersey man on Monday who they say torched his girlfriend’s Boerum Hill apartment the day before, leaving a baby boy and young girl clinging to life.

The 22-year-old Newark, N.J. fiend lit a fire inside a fifth-floor apartment in the Wyckoff Gardens Houses on Third Avenue in Boerum Hill around 7:30 pm on Sunday because of an “ongoing dispute” with his girlfriend, police reported. An unconscious and unresponsive six-month-old baby boy and eight-year-old girl were rushed to Cornell Medical Center, where they are in critical condition, according to authorities.

Three others were also in the apartment at the time of the fire, but the firebug’s girlfriend was not home, police stated.

Cops are charging the suspect with five counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault, two counts of arson, and burglary.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Matt from Windsor Terrace says:
How did this guy get into the apartment, and why didn't any of the other people stop him??? Or at least get those kids out?!

This story just gets worse and worse.
March 18, 2014, 10:40 am

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