When Help Shows Up After a House Fire, It Might Be Gang Members
Prosecutors say a former leader of the Bloods has single-handedly remade the emergency mitigation industry in New York through intimidation and brute force.
When a house is on fire, firefighters race toward the flames. But they aren’t the only ones. Right behind them are workers in a little-known industry who offer traumatized homeowners what is known as emergency mitigation services. These are the crews that will board up and secure broken doors and windows and help head off further smoke and water damage.
The work is known as “chasing fires,”...