An NYPD Evidence Warehouse Went Up in Flames 3 Months Ago. Now We Know Why
No one purposely torched that NYPD evidence warehouse that went up in flames in Brooklyn late last year, fire officials said Thursday as they revealed the cause.
An electrical blowout in a conduit leading to an exit sign sparked the three-alarm Columbia Street fire on Dec. 13, which sent huge clouds of black smoke billowing over Red Hook, fire marshals determined.
More than 100 firefighters spent hours at the site, at the Erie Basin Auto Pound, that day.
Chopper 4 was over the multi-alarm fire.
Twenty people, a mix of NYPD staffers and contractors, were said to be inside the warehouse when the inferno started. A total of eight people — three firefighters, three EMS members and two civilians — suffered minor injuries.
The fire destroyed an untold amount of “biological evidence,” including DNA from past crimes, like burglaries and shootings — some of it going back 20 or 30 years, the NYPD said. Rape kits, however, were not stored at that facility.
The evidence was linked to cold cases, stored in barrels made of cardboard, which may have fueled the flames.
Cars linked to high-profile police murders, like the squad car Officer Ed Byrne was killed in back in 1988 and the mobile unit where Officer Miosotis Familia was killed in 2017, were stored there. Sandy property evidence was there as well.
Former NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan breaks down what the first at the Brooklyn evidence warehouse means for the department and for the cases that had evidence destroyed.
There was no estimated cost of the damage.
Erie Basin is one of several lots the NYPD uses to store vehicles that have been seized for reasons other than parking violations. Those might include the arrest of the vehicle owner, investigative purposes or legal reasons, the city says.
Source: NBC New York
Senate passes bipartisan debt deal
Senate passes debt ceiling deal. Here’s who voted for and against.
Pentagon says it’s paying for Elon Musk’s Starlink internet in Ukraine
Biden jokes he got ‘sandbagged’ in first comments after fall at Air Force graduation
Community remembers Capt. Bo Harrison who died in line of duty 20 years ago
Lotus Type 133 Electric Sedan Spied Coming In Hot At The Nurburgring
Forza Horizon 5 And Gran Turismo 7 Get New Cars, Photo Mode Updates
Hummus-Crusted Chicken With Turmeric Rice Recipe
Fluffy Flax Pancakes Recipe | SELF
Global policy leaders gather to share changing perspectives
Ethan Hawke Once Called Television a False God Compared to Filmmaking
India upgrading BrahMos to close missile gap with China
Here’s the life advice YouTuber Mark Rober gave to MIT’s 2023 graduates
Bob Dylan Wanted to Make an Album With The Beatles and The Rolling Stones
Steven Spielberg Once Considered ‘Minority Report’ the Most Cynical Film He’d Ever Make
Tech23 hours ago
Dealmaster: Discounts on Star Trek gear, laptops, and more
Tech16 hours ago
The “death of self-driving cars” has been greatly exaggerated
Lifestyle16 hours ago
Malaysia’s FINAS Drops CEO Nasir Ibrahim – Global Bulletin
Travel14 hours ago
Air France-KLM adds Amadeus Cytric portfolio to corporate offering
News15 hours ago
Are Sane Republicans Making a Comeback?
Lifestyle15 hours ago
Tom Brady Spotted on Star-Studded Yacht With Leonardo DiCaprio
Sport16 hours ago
Hamilton should only go to Ferrari if they almost DOUBLE salary says F1 expert
Wellness14 hours ago
Adidas Ultraboost Light Review: This Shoe Makes My Easy Runs Feel Even Easier