By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, two buildings were fully engulfed in flames. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
None of the injuries is believed to be serious, and all 12 should be released by Sunday night.
“The world may have called them brave, but we just call it doing our jobs,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. “They died doing what they joined the fire department to do: helping others.”
A group of firefighters from Los Angeles have arrived in New York City for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
A 4-alarm fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. Monday at 112-12 Jamaica Avenue, a commercial building, near 113th Street in Richmond Hill. Firefighters were still on the scene late Monday night battling pockets of fire.
It can be difficult battling any fire, but with the heat and humidity, it makes the job of firefighters even more dangerous.
Firefighters responding to the fire found four bedrooms filled with the plants.
Four firefighters suffered minor injuries and 200 inmates had to be relocated after a fire broke out in an air conditioning room on Rikers Island.
The Fire Department told CBS 2HD the blaze began as a trash fire outside the building before spreading inside.
More than 200 residents and merchants rallied in front of Engine 294 chanting, “don’t close the doors of 294.” This is one of 20 fire companies slated for closing.
Several firefighters were hurt – one seriously – and more than a dozen residents were left homeless by a raging fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn.
New York City firefighters hit the streets Friday, marching over the Brooklyn Bridge in protest.
A neighbor in Whippany called 911 after hearing an explosion from the house next door on Sunday. When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the back of the home.
The fire was reported at 3:28 a.m. Friday on the second floor of the three-story building at 767 Washington Ave. It was under control about 30 minutes later.
Obama arrived under very tight security at the firehouse, which is known as “the Pride of Midtown,” for a 45 minute visit.