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A Bronx man pleaded guilty today to murder and assault charges in connection with the death of firefighter Patrick Joyce in October 2009 and the injuries of two others.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says Rafael Roldan, in the midst of his trial, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder and two counts of 1st Degree Assault.
On October 2, 2009, the Yonkers Fire Department responded to a multi family structure fire at 149 Waverly Street. Firefighters managed to put out the blaze in the front room, when a second fire erupted in the rear of the home and spread to the roof area trapping firefighter Patrick Joyce and Lt Joseph Murray and William Kanych Jr.
The smoke and flames forced the men to jump three stories. Joyce was killed. The other two suffered serious injuries.
Murray had multiple fractures to his ribs, spine and burns that required hospitalization and surgery. Firefighter Kanych suffered a fractured foot, burns and spinal injuries that required hospitalization and surgery.
A 46 year old homeless man from Peekskill is under arrest, charged with setting fire to a truck after Police say he had a dispute with his boss.
The fire was reported around 7 a.m. today at 1075 Washington Street at Beach Auto Sales.
Cops say the officers responding to the scene were immediately approached by an employee of Beach Auto Sales, Jose Rivera.
According to Police, Rivera freely admitted to setting the fire due to a dispute he was having with his boss.
One person is dead and at another injured following what police are saying was an arson fire at a home at 16 Lindsay Street last evening.
The blaze broke out around 9:15 Sunday night in the basement of the two family home.
It took nearly 3 dozen firefighters to get the blaze under control. The fire killed a 51 year old man who has not yet been identified.
The fire also injured a 58 year old woman who suffered smoke inhalation and burns. She has also not been identified.
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