NYPD arrests teen tied to Coney Island fire that hospitalized two cops

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Police arrested and charged a teenage tenant of 2007 Surf Ave. after he allegedly set a discarded mattress on fire.
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Police arrested a teen in connection to Sunday’s blaze in Coney Island that left two NYPD officers in critical condition.

Marcell Dockery, 16, was questioned on Monday by investigating officers, who suspect the boy of setting a mattress aflame in the 18-story, city-owned apartment building on 2007 Surf Ave.

Dockery, who lives on the 12th floor of the same building, was charged with arson, reckless endangerment and two counts of assault.

Officers Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38, took an elevator up to the fire but were overcome with smoke as soon as they entered the hallway.

Firefighters found both cops on the floor unconscious and unresponsive. EMT workers resuscitated Guerra outside the burning building before sending him to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.

Rodriguez spent the night at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Both remained in critical condition as of early Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the teen told officers he was “bored” when he decided to set fire to the mattress on the 13th floor of the high-rise building.

On Sunday evening, Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters that the cause of the fire was “deemed suspicious” at the time.

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