Union: Fatal Brooklyn Fire ‘Byproduct’ Of Cuts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — One woman was killed and another critically injured in a fire at a four-story Brooklyn apartment building.

Just about everyone was asleep when the 3-alarm fire erupted on the second floor of 1142 Lenox Road at 6:03 a.m, officials said. It took about 130 firefighters a little over an hour to bring the blaze under control.

The victim’s nephew talks to 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks about how he tried to wake up everyone and get them to safety

Claudette Nicholas, 70, was pronounced dead in Brookdale Hospital after she was found in the living of a second floor apartment.  Another woman, also in her 70s, was treated for smoke inhalation and is in stable condition.

The Red Cross is helping about 50 people who have been displaced by the fire.

Also on Friday, the public relations firm for the Uniformed Firefighters Association released a statement calling the fatality in Friday’s fire a “byproduct” of recent FDNY staff reductions enacted by the city.

“Today, one person lost their life, another is in critical condition and seven firefighters are hurt and countless are homeless in the wake of FDNY staff reductions mandated by the mayor,” UFA President Steve Cassidy said.

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  • AliciaMiller

    One cannot accept such welfare services specially in a city like Brooklyn.

  • ED


  • AIG rules

    The money given to savages for welfare, housing and Medicaid are thousands of times more than pensions for cops and FFs.

  • KPMc

    What in the world does a three-alarm fire with 130 firefighters have to do with whether there are 4 or 5 firefighters on a given truck?

    • Brett

      Because it takes significantly longer to get the hose and ultimately water on the fire with 4 instead of 5 firefighters.
      The 130 didn’t show up all at once at the beginning of this.

    • KPMc


      • KPMc

        Shame on the union for using a tragedy for political gain.

  • rd1379

    I thought the mayor was an idiot, Nick, you win!

  • bill

    the only slow down is in nicks’s brain. people never think before they comment. whether its cassidy or an idiots like nick or mike The money this city waists could cover the police and fire pensions for eons.

    • Nick

      You want to keep a higher number of firefighters? Simple. Fire them all and cancel those bloated pensions and medical payments. Than hire a new batch at Market Rate.

      But I guess that wouldn’t be good enough for you union thieves.

  • Nick

    Another vicious Union Slow Down costing lives. Typical.

    • JP

      You know that as a fact? Big acusactions there nick!

  • lickme now

    everyone admits there needs to be cuts but no one wants to bite the bullet,

  • jonjoe

    You American are SO patriotic that you pay personal income tax whereby taxes are actually Income Gained From Commercial activities, not wages…so stupid…check the 16th Admendments…IRS don’t have The Law to show you if you ask them…be like me…don’t pay your personal tax…be smart, not stupid..The Supreme Court decision was never overturned…You only OBEY the IRS code..not the law..IRS uses force to extract money from you….

    • mike

      If the firemen gave up their pensions and paid their health benefits like the rest of us – they could keep more firemen working.

      • Johnny Handsome

        If the rest of us ran into burning buildings, the fire fighters wouldn’t be. So go ahead mike, next burning building you come across by all means run in and save everyone.

      • mom26

        Why should they give up a pension and benefits that they pay into?

      • JP

        A FACT is a FACT….less men means less headway…fire grows…people die! End of story.

    • KPMc

      How is you getting paid in the private sector not commercial activity?

      Pay your taxes, deadbeat!

  • rd1379

    And our idiot mayor wants to complain about our fireman!

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