Close Call For NY’s Bravest In Queens Three-Alarm Fire

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A three-alarm fire in Queens left 13 firefighters injured and resulted in a mayday call after one responder became trapped after the floor gave out from under him.

The close call came when the firefighter, reportedly a lieutenant, fell through the floor. The fire department said he was able to walk out on his own. Sources said he was in serious, but stable, condition, and that his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan has the details

Sources said another firefighter found himself trapped and was forced to use rope to rappel out a window, where he was able to land safely on a neighboring roof.

The other firefighters’ injuries were considered minor.

The blaze began at around 10 a.m. Saturday at a three-story Belle Harbor building with commercial space on the first floor and apartments above.

Authorities said no residents were hurt in the fire, but the Red Cross was responding.

  • Truth In Press

    You know, bike lanes and having THREE chefs is much more important then the lives of NYC residents. If a billionaire wants to close firehouses and not give a damn about us, who are we to argue?

    The King has spoken and UCT will take that call that kills one of us.

  • sb

    I wonder if any of these firehouses are on Mayor Bloomberg’s chopping block. It seems insane and reckless for City Hall to play russian roulette with the lives of city residents. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. How will the Mayor look into the eyes of a widow at the next fiirefighter’s funeral?

  • capt al

    Every day members of the fire and police departments are risking their lives to protect the citizens of NYC. We should all call 311 to let Mayor Bloomberg know not to cut ESSENTIAL SERVICES!

  • karen s

    glad everybody is accounted for, and that they should recover. dad (nypd retired) told of responding to an incident years ago that had ny’s finest & bravest on the scene. dad got into a conversation with a fireman, and each remarked how they didn’t envy the other his job. i dated a fire lieut in boston, and know what it’s like to have people you love in harm’s way. thanks for your courage, and may st florian protect you all. we know fr judge keeps his eye on you.

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