NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –An electrical cord has been blamed for the fire that caused the death of one of New York’s Bravest.
New York firefighters were mourning the death of a 40-year-old lieutenant killed when he became trapped while looking for victims in a public-housing high-rise fire Saturday, the first to die in the line of duty in more than two years.
Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas died after suffering multiple injuries while on the 19th floor of a 21-story building in the Independence Towers on Wilson Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, officials said.
A day after the fatal blaze, Angel Padan the man who lived in the apartment that caught fire, could barely talk about the tragedy.
“It’s terrible. Especially for the fire department,” he said.
Neighbors described a tense scene in the now smoke stained building.
“I saw the smoke passing through my floor like somebody rubbed a genie lamp,” neighbor Charles Gavin told CBS 2’s Don Champion.
“We lost a real hero tonight, and our hearts are heavy,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the 14-year veteran of the force. “I ask every New Yorker to keep the lieutenant in their prayers.”