WOODMERE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island firefighter was in critical condition Friday afternoon, after flames tore through a home in Nassau County.
The Central Avenue house was totally gutted by the fire, which broke out at around 4 a.m. Friday, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.
Roughly 100 volunteer firefighters responded to the fire, Gusoff reported.
Joseph Sanford, Jr., a 17-year veteran volunteer with the Inwood, Long Island Fire Department, was critically injured. A fire chief told Gusoff the firefighter fell through a hole in the floor after the fire burned up through the basement.
Sanford was unaccounted for after several minutes, and was later found in water and under debris with no vital signs. But he was later resuscitated.
Firefighters went into the basement to extricate Sanford, and started CPR in the basement because he was unconscious in full cardiac arrest, according to Inwood Fire Chief Anthony Rivelli.
“When one of your people go down, it’s tough a tough thing,” Rivelli said. “It’s the holidays. “It’s the holidays. It’s Christmastime. Nobody wants to see this. And it is – it’s taken its toll on our members. It’s taken its the whole battalion.”