Teen charged in Coney Island fire

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April 7, 2014 1:01:02 PM PDT
He was bored.

That's what a 16-year-old boy reportedly told cops about why he lit a mattress in the hallway of a high-rise building in Coney Island in Brooklyn.

That boy now charged with arson and assault, and New Yorkers tonight are crossing their fingers the charges aren't upgraded to murder and that the two cops now fighting for their lives win their battle.

The officers responded to reports of smoke in the building - and took the elevator up to the 13th floor to investigate. The elevator doors opened and they were assaulted by a cloud of smoke and more carbon monoxide than they could handle. They're now in critical condition.

Joe Torres has the latest, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, another fire story involving a young boy, but this one has a very different plot line and ending. An 11-year-old woke up to the smell of smoke about 4 a.m. this morning, and alerted his family. Everyone was able to escape before the fire spread through the home. An 11-year-old hero. Our Jim Dolan is talking to him and the family tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including highlights from the Yankees home opener.

I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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