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