ARSON! Woman charged in Thursday’s fatal Dyker fire

The aftermath: Police officers and fire investigators gathered at the scene of the blaze after firefighters brought it under control just after 8 am on Thursday morning.
Photo by Paul Martinka

A 22-year-old woman was charged with murder and arson after two Dyker Heights residents died in a fire in their 11th Avenue apartment early Thursday morning, according to the fire and police departments.

Firefighters responded to the fatal blaze at the three-story building between 67th and 68th streets at 7 am, where they found the bodies of the male and female victims, 58-year-old Xi L. Huang and 56-year-old Feng X. Xu, whom emergency medical personnel pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency responders also rescued four residents who went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the police department said. Emergency personnel transported a 31-year-old male, a 30-year-old female, a 4-year-old girl, and a 3-month-old boy to Maimonides Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The fire department also said in a tweet that three firefighters were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters had the blaze under control a little more than an hour after they arrived, by 8:16 am, the department said.

The fire department also reported in a tweet that there were no working smoke alarms in the building, which contained four residential units and a storefront unit on the ground floor.

The city requires property owners by law to provide and install at least one smoke detector in each residential unit that they manage.

The building’s landlord was brought in for questioning after the blaze, but was not arrested or charged, according to police.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Hot water: Detectives questioned the landlord after Thursday’s fatal fire ripped through the building — which did not have legally required smoke detectors.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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