June 25, 2017 — Charges include fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, illegal fireworks
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced today FDNY Fire Marshals have arrested and charged Alejandro Soler, Nabindranauth Nandalall, and Shivnarine Lauchman for the fifth alarm fire at 1132 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
“Thanks to the excellent and rigorous investigative work of FDNY Fire Marshals, three individuals are charged with the reckless endangerment of Bronx residents and nearly 200 Firefighters,” said Fire Commissioner Nigro. “This fire is a reminder that fireworks are illegal in New York City – and as witnessed in this fire can be dangerous to both Firefighters and civilians alike.”
Alejandro Soler, 27, of the Bronx, is charged only with illegal possession of fireworks. Soler claims to have purchased the fireworks at a large retail store in Westchester, New York. Nabindranauth Nandalall, 23, of the Bronx, and Shivnarine Lauchman, 23, of the Bronx, are charged with fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and illegal possession of fireworks - also purchased from a large retailer in Westchester, New York. Both Nandalall and Lauchman admitted to having a “fireworks fight” shortly before the fire at Olmstead Avenue.
Firefighters were called at 3:40 p.m. and arrived in five minutes. In all, 44 units responded to the fire to bring it under control around 6:30 p.m. The fire originated in the rear of a private dwelling at 1132 Olmstead Avenue as a result of the use of illegal fireworks. The fire then extended to the basement, two floors of the private dwelling, and through the roof. The fire then extended to six other private dwellings and several vehicles parked near the dwellings. Nine patients were reported, one civilian with a nonlife-threatening injury, seven Firefighters with nonlife-threatening injuries, and one Firefighter in serious but stable condition transported to Jacobi Medical Center - the Firefighter has been released.
Firefighters experienced heavy fire conditions with tremendous heat and low-visibility with heavy smoke.
To see footage from the fire recorded from the FDNY Drone, click here.