NYPD: Man Wanted For Questioning In Deadly Harlem Subway Fire

WCBS 880 Newsroom
March 29, 2020 - 10:54 am
Harlem subway fire



NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The NYPD released a photo Sunday of a man they want to question in a subway fire that killed an MTA worker and injured several other people last week.

Garrett Goble, a 36-year-old subway driver, was killed in the Friday morning fire at the West 110 Street and Lenox Avenue subway station in Harlem.

Fires were reported at three other stations nearby at the same time, police said.

“We are investigating it as a criminal matter,” Deputy Chief Brian McGee said, adding that no arrests have been made

Goble was killed helping other passengers to safety, officials said. His death came the day after two of his fellow New York City Transit employees fell victim to the coronavirus.

“As all of you know, this has already been a devastating week for New York City Transit," said Sarah Feinberg, interim president of the agency that runs the city's buses and subways. “And this is another horrific moment for our family.”

A train had just pulled into the 110th Street station in Harlem, near Central Park, around 3 a.m. when Goble saw smoke and fire in one of the cars, said McGee, who joined Feinberg at a news conference at the scene.

Goble and another transit employee successfully evacuated passengers from the train, Feinberg said. Goble’s body was found on the tracks, McGee said.

Goble was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. His name was not immediately released

Fires were also reported at around the same time at three nearby stations — 86th Street, 96th Street and 116th Street, McGee said.

“The most important thing that I need is for witnesses to come forward,” he said, urging New Yorkers to call a police tip line.

Nine other people were injured, a lower number than some earlier reports had indicated, Feinberg said. “Early numbers are wrong and we’ll have to see how it plays out,” she said.

The fatal fire occurred a day after two other New York City Transit employees died of COVID-19, according to their union.

Bus driver Oliver Cyrus, 61, and train conductor Peter Petrassi, 49, were killed by the virus Thursday, Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)