NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police believe a man described as emotionally disturbed was behind a fire that broke out Tuesday in the Bronx.
Smoke could be seen pouring from the window of a 13th-floor apartment at 1330 Webster Ave., near 169th Street, around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported. The building is part of the Butler Houses public development.READ MORE: Passenger Killed, Driver Airlifted To Hospital In East Farmingdale Crash
Firefighters went in and quickly extinguished the fire, but they had to subdue the 18-year-old man and get him out, Rincon reported. Police took him into custody.READ MORE: Gov. Hochul Announces Plan To Address School Bus Driver Shortage
Police said the man’s 42-year-old mother suffered lacerations to her face, and told them her son had slashed her with an unknown object and locked himself in a room where he set fire.
The fire was contained to one apartment, and the cause remained under investigation late Tuesday. Two police officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation, police said.MORE NEWS: Man Killed, 11-Year-Old And 2 Others Hurt In Shooting At Bronx Barbecue
The suspect was being evaluated at an area hospital late Tuesday and charges were pending.