Evidence including DNA and objects collected from crime scenes, dating back up to 30 years, can be destroyed in aIt overtook the New York City Police Department Storage Facility in Brooklyn. Fire officials said eight people received minor injuries.
FDNY department chief John Hodgens said at a press conference that the explosion occurred around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Erie Basin Auto Pound, a facility in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood where the NYPD stores evidence.
According to NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, the building was a police department pound that stored “a lot of biological evidence” as well as e-bikes and cars.
“DNA, things related to past crimes, burglaries, shootings, we also have some biological evidence here,” Maddre said at the press conference. “It’s mainly evidence, but we store other things in there too.”
Officials said that rape evidence kits were not stored at the facility.
Maddre said, “The evidence is 20-30 years old. Some of the evidence was even property of (Hurricane) Sandy.”
Police said they would not know the extent of the damage until the fire was extinguished, with the fire department saying it could take several days. But Hodgens said he would “estimate that most of the contents have been damaged by the fire.”
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Hodgens said eight people, including three FDNY members, three EMS personnel and two civilians, suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire.
Hodgens said, “We attempted an interior fire attack, but members were overwhelmed by the volume of the fire and we had to pull all of our firefighters out of the building and go for an exterior attack.” The building fell down.
Fire officials are using three marine fire boats and drones to bring the blaze under control.
“It’s a deep, massive amount of fire, it’s difficult to reach the seat of the fire,” Hodgens said.