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Two NYPD Officers Injured in Suspicious Brooklyn High-Rise Fire

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Two New York City police officers were seriously injured Sunday in a fire in Brooklyn that officials have deemed suspicious.

It broke out in a high-rise building on Surf Avenue in Coney Island just before 12:30 p.m.

The New York City Fire Department says the fire was under control at 1:20 p.m.

Police say the two officers, 38-year-old Dennis Guerra and 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, were found unconscious in the hallway of the 13th floor.

Officials say the officers were the first to respond to the fire.

Firefighters brought the police officers to the main entrance, where EMS personnel treated them in front of the Coney Island housing development site #1B.

Police say the Rodriguez was initially transported, conscious, to Lutheran Medical Center and was later moved to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

According to Police Commissioner William Bratton, Guerra was resuscitated in the field and brought to Coney Island Hospital before being airlifted to Jacobi Medical Center.

Bratton said both police officers were in critical condition as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

They are both being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and the effects of smoke inhalation, according to Bratton.

According to Bratton, Guerra is married with four children, while Rodriguez has four children and lives with her mother.

Witnesses said the scene was chaotic.

"I just seen people rushing out of the building. People that lived, residents that lived there," said one person.

"There was a little bit of fire on the 13th floor or something around there, and it was just havoc," said another. "There were a lot of ambulances, but no one was actually getting in them. I just saw a lot of ambulances arrive and a lot of beds coming in, but nobody coming out.

The cause of the fire has been deemed suspicious, and the fire is under active investigation at this time.

According to Bratton, three firefighters and nine civilians were treated and released at the scene, and one civilian was transported to Coney Island Hospital.

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NY1 VIDEO: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton updated the media Sunday afternoon from Jacobi Medical Center on the condition of two police officers injured in a fire at a Coney Island building.

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