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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2010

***PRESS RELEASE***

FDNY FIRE MARSHALS ARREST BRONX WOMAN IN
CONNECTION WITH BRONX PARK AVENUE FIRE

Kristen Nixon
Kristen Nixon

FDNY Fire Marshals have arrested Kristen Nixon in connection with a second-alarm fire that occurred at 418 Bronx Park Avenue on Sept. 15 at 6:15 a.m. and seriously injured four people who lived there, including a 2-year-old child. Nixon, 30, who was "squatting" at that address, is charged with intentionally setting the fire and has been charged with first- and second-degree arson, reckless endangerment and four counts of first-degree assault. Nixon set the fire as revenge, in response to a dispute she had with two other female occupants one day prior. She returned the morning of the fire with a flammable liquid, which she poured in the basement hallway outside the door of a bedroom where all four of the victims were staying.

The building is a two-story frame that had been illegally subdivided into single-room occupancy units, which create a danger for firefighters and the public. If convicted, she faces up to 25 years in prison.

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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