Jamel Martinez (pictured) is said to have set fire to the kitchen of his family apartment in Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, and after firefighters arrived, he jumped from the roof of the building to his death
An 18-year-old who suffered from mental illness died after falling to his death from a Manhattan apartment building he allegedly set on fire.
Jamel Martinez allegedly set fire to the kitchen of his family’s 10th-floor apartment in the East River Houses complex of the New York City Housing Authority on Saturday afternoon before jumping from the roof of the building, police told the police. New York Post.
Martinez was released from Bellevue Hospital about a month ago after struggling with depression, his father James White told the outlet.
About 80 firefighters responded to a fire alarm in the East 105th Street apartments at around 4:30 p.m., according to the Citizen App, and at around 5 p.m. reported one person at the scene had been injured — later confirmed to be Martinez — who soon died. declared .
By 5:20 p.m., the fire was under control, the FDNY reported.
He said that despite the pressures of graduating from high school and a struggle with drugs, he believed his son was not ready to return to the outdoors.
“This is my son who did this. This is my son,” White, 53, who was at the fire site Saturday afternoon, told the outlet.
“He wasn’t allowed to leave Bellevue hospital. I told Bellevue Hospital not to release him and to take him to a program where he could organize his mind.’
Martinez’s family was not at home at the time of the fire, police sources told the New York Daily News.
He fled after firefighters arrived at the apartment, although it is not clear if he went directly to the roof.
Martinez reportedly hit a car after jumping off the building and was pronounced dead at the scene. His father said he has been struggling with mental health issues lately
Firefighters in New York City responded to the fire at NYCHA’s East River Houses complex around 4:30 p.m. (pictured)
White said his son had struggled with mental health issues for some time, noting that he had recently been in the news after his family reported him missing.
Police issued a missing person report for Martinez on May 23, according to the Norwood News, but it is not clear when he was found.
“He went through something where his mind just fell back. He ran away from home,” White said.
“He needed help… people don’t take this mental issue seriously,” he said.
The fire started on the 10th floor of the building and was extinguished in about an hour
A neighbor, who was sleeping with her daughter when the fire broke out, said the 10th floor went up in smoke during the blaze.
“Suddenly we couldn’t see it,” she told the Daily News. “Smoke was everywhere.”
Firefighters told them to remain seated while fighting the fire, but they were able to escape without injury as quickly as possible.
“We got up and ran because the apartment was full of smoke,” she told the outlet. ‘We couldn’t breathe. We just fled.’
She said she knew Martinez.
‘He was a sweet boy. Respectable, decent, loving and caring. Just a beautiful child’
Witnesses said Martinez landed on a car.
About 80 firefighters responded to the blaze, and Martinez was the only reported injury
“I feel terrible,” Rosemary Negron, 60, a resident of the building told the Post. ‘It was a child. I don’t know what happened to him where he would do something like that.’
Another witness, a 12-year-old boy, said he heard a loud bang when he saw Martinez hit the car.
“His mother was crying,” the boy told the outlet. “I feel very sad.”
White said his son was interested in computers and technology before he struggled with depression.
“He was a good boy,” he told the Post. “He was a nice, warm, sweet boy.”