FDNY Firefighters Save Many Bronx Lives

Update 2 | Sunday, January 9, 2022, 1712 hours PT / 2012 hours ET

NEW YORK

FIRE RESPONSE

About 200 FDNY firefighters responded to a 19-story privately owned apartment building in the 300 block of East 181st Street in the Bronx, where firefighters arrived and were greeted by a fire on the third floor.

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Credit: FDNY

During the course of the fire, alarms would be escalated during operations, which include the following:

  • 2-Alarm Response (0804 PT)
  • 3-Alarm Response (0820 PT)
  • 4-Alarm Response (0822 PT)
  • 5-Alarm Response (0859 PT)
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Credit: NYC Mayor’s Office

The fire was brought under control at 1027 hours PT.

FIRE BRIEFING

The City thanked FDNY firefighters for going beyond the call of duty for their actions to rescue those from the fire building.

Thirty patients are in area hospitals in the Bronx, 19 have died including nine children.

According to the Fire Chief, the fire started in a bedroom in an apartment and the fire quickly consumed that unit spreading between floors two and three.

A fire door was open and therefore the fire and smoke traveled through hallways and throughout the building.

The cause was determined to be a malfunctioning space heater.

The City is working with various internal agencies including the Fire Departments to help prevent this from ever repeating itself.

RESOURCES FOR IMPACTED RESIDENTS

RECEPTION CENTER | The Angelo Patri Middle School (MS391) at 2190 Folin Street, Bronx, NY 10457.

ALERTS IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES | A Notify NYC short code message service was established today where New Yorkers can TEXT 181STFIRE to 692692 for alerts in English, Spanish and French.

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Credit: FDNY

VISUALLY IMPAIRED | Call NYC 311 at 212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service.

HEARING IMPAIRED | TTY Service, by calling 212-504-4115.

LIVING OUTSIDE OF NYC | Loved one can call 212-639-9675.

AMERICAN RED CROSS | Emergency Temporary Shelter, call the Red Cross in Greater New York at 877-733-2767.

PET ASSISTANCE | ASPCA at referrals@aspca.org and ACC by visiting their website online.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES | https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/resources/east-181-street-bronx-fire.page?fbclid=IwAR3fgXAPy4FPZVV94YlbkMwd0Uqc4JUa1ING-DrxJPhxTAwEXcQHptTfRJM

The cause of the fire is unknown and is still under investigation.

Follow us for updates on this fire and other news stories.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

FDNY Battled 5-Alarm Deadly Fire

Published 1/9/2022, Sunday, 1200 PT

NEW YORK — About 200 FDNY firefighters are still on scene of a 150 x 75 foot, privately owned 19-story apartment building where a 5-alarm fire broke out this morning before 0800 hours in the 300 block of East 181st Street in the Bronx.

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Credit: FDNY

There are currently 31 serious injuries with a total of 59 civilian injuries, fire officials released on Sunday. Several were reported after they allegedly were jumping from the building, while many others were found by firefighters in cardiac arrest on every single floor.

An unknown number of residents were killed, but City leaders are expecting a high amount due to the horrific conditions in which victims were found.

The GNY Red Cross was helping large numbers of displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is still under investigation.

Follow us for updates on this fire and other news stories.

(c) 2022 NW Fire Blog

2nd Alarm Fire Burning Brooklyn Building

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

Brooklyn Firefighters are on-scene of a structure in the 1600 block of Union Street with reports of fire extending from the first-floor laundromat to the ones above.

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Photo Credit — FDNY

Units responding to the incident are FDNY E234, L123, BN38, E227, E283, E310, L174, Rescue2, E214, TL111, BN44, Div15, SQ252, RAC2, L113, E249, E231, E207, Satellite6, L132, BN57, BN41, TAC2, Command TAC, Field Com, Safety BN2, Rescue BN, 38S2, B44 and 4412.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog | 3/6/2021 1110 PT

FDNY Arrests NY Man for Fire Danger

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK | 1/23/2021 1105 PT

On Friday, January 22, 2021, while FDNY Fire Protection Inspectors were conducting routinely inspections of a warehouse located in the 300 block of Nevins Street, the observed over 900 propane tanks being stored inside a refrigerated truck.

Firefighters from the FDNY responded to the scene to check to see if there were any leaks.


Credit | FDNY Instagram

The man was arrested for endangerment after admitting he had 904 20# propane cylinders, he claimed he purchased to sell to another man who in turn would sell to businesses and restaurants.

With times like these, just think what could have occurred.

Thankfully, to the attentiveness of the Fire inspectors, they saved Brooklyn from another potential explosion that could have injured many to thousands of lives. Several businesses, their employees and customers have also been saved from whatever danger was present.

According to the phone directory, there are several businesses located at this address that include Executive Automotive Truck, Verizon Communications, Kaye Hospitality Group LLC and Executive Charter Line. NOTE: We are not saying any of these businesses were involved but that they are listed at this address only.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

7-Alarm Queens Fire Scorches Structures

QUEENS, NEW YORK

On Friday night, January 8th, a fire broke out on the first floor of a nail salon in a 3-story commercial (mixed-use) structure then spread to other businesses. What would start out as a 1st Alarm response, would quickly escalate to a 7th Alarm.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 0851 EST on Saturday for the incident that was listed as Box 4464. 136-15 37th Avenue, on Main Street x 37th Avenue in the Flushing area in Queens, New York

Firefighters spent the morning on Saturday, January 9th with their continuous firefight from in frigid temps overnight with challenges they had in getting water on the fire due to difficult access.

Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries and three businesses were gutted.

The Queens Borough President Donovan Richards states his office stands ready to provide assistance to these businesses.

Significant events that played out during this incident:

January 9th

  • 7th Alarm (0519)
  • 6th Alarm (0643)
  • 5th Alarm (0221)
  • 4th Alarm (0122)
  • 3rd Alarm (0022)
  • 2nd Alarm (0011)

January 8th

  • 1st Alarm (2357)

QUEENS FIRE HISTORY | For fires or incidents greater than 2nd alarms.

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January 9 Fire. Credit: NYC EM

Queens has been known for its escalated fire alarms as many of the structures are attached to one another, called row houses that are made of old wood and several do not have smoke alarms.

In this day in age, it would not be surprising to know that many businesses also have not upgraded to sprinklers.

FDNY firefighters and their agency overall have been working tirelessly to educate and help provide the necessary tools to help their communities to become fire smart.

Here are some of the fires from over the years and even our most recent history in the last five years.

2012

October 30

Large fire during Hurricane Sandy shows the large fire footprint left behind after the gigantic inferno in the Breezy Point area. 50 homes were destroyed.

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Photo Credit: AR-1 DMAT

2013

April

11 injured with four in critical condition. Early morning house fire.

2014

March 15

Large multi-alarm brush fire. So big and robust, it is picked up on a local news radar of just how gigantic it is from its smoke plume.

December 18

5 alarm. Box 2131 103-45 97th Street. Apartment building.

2015

May 31

One-story commercial structure fire. 5th alarm.

November 8

Home under construction catches on fire and taking two homes with it.

2016

August 4

Big fire breaks out on Queens Blvd and 34-38th Streets. 3rd alarm. Commercial structure fire.

2017

January 30

More than 160 firefighters responded, fought a huge blaze at a restaurant and injuring five people.

April 23

Five were killed including three children in a residential (dwelling) fire. Media reports there was no smoke alarm.

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Credit: NYC EM

September

A landlord dies in a residential home fire.

2018

March 16

Scrap yard fire. 5th Alarm. 187-10 Jamaica Avenue. Yard backs up to the Long Island Railroad. All LIRR trains were stopped during the incident.

April

Three are killed in a house fire.

June 4

Nine FDNY firefighters are hurt along with two civilians.

June 18

Bellerose Manor section. One person died. 7 firefighters were injured with conditions of minor to serious. Fire broke out around 1900 hours EST.

September 29

3rd alarm. House fire

4th alarm. Auto body shop.

December 13

5-alarm. 1-story commercial building on Queens Blvd. heavy fire and smoke conditions. Backdraft and explosion occurred. Minor injuries (firefighters).

December 27

Transformer explosion at Con Edison plant. LaGuardia Airport goes on lockdown and on emergency power. Many inbound flights holding and diverting. Passengers were held on aircraft at gates. Ground stop in effect. Turned the sky neon blue.

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Credit: NYC EM

2019

February 24

3rd alarm. House fire. 3-alarm. Structure fire. Box 4630. 94-02 42nd Avenue. Heavy fire on floors 1 and 2 of a 3-story private dwelling.

March 13

House fire. Child killed. Six others injured.

April 5

3-alarms. 93-13 101st Avenue. 2-story commercial structure with mixed occupancy. Fire in two buildings. Ozone Park.

July 10

An entire family perishes inside their home. Residential structure fire.

2020

January 5

4 alarm. 78-17 101st Avenue. Fire throughout the whole building with extension to exposures 2 A, a 2-story wood dwelling. Ozone Park in Queens.

January 8

4 Alarm commercial structure fire.

March 10

3-alarm. Box 9361. 97-12 Northern Blvd. Fire in 3-story mixed use building with extension to exposures.

July 23

Multiple calls come in for a lightning strike of a home.

July 27

Eight are hurt in house fire.

November 13

3-alarm. 136-11 38th Avenue. Box 4464. Commercial structure fire.

November 18

3-alarm. 22-11 New Haven. Heavy fire on 5th floor extending to 6th floor. 7-floor multiple dwelling.

December 9

6-alarm fire in Queens. Box 66-9633, 109-25 Jamaica Avenue. Firefighters on-scene within three minutes but challenges arose as the fire quickly spread in old row wood frame buildings causing 40 people to be displaced. No injuries were reported.

Information has been gleaned from verified FD sources, media and eyewitness accounts. Dates are approximate as published on digital platforms. – Ed.

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“Working alarms are the most critical component of your escape plan. Be #FDNYSmart – have both a smoke and CO alarm, or a combination smoke/CO alarm, where you sleep and on every level of your home, including basements. See more at http://fdnysmart.org” – FDNY

The FDNY says that 1/3 of home fires occur usually during the months of December through February and most are preventable

Here are some tips in order to become #FDNYSmart:

  • Most candle fire victims are between ages 5-9. Keep them out of their reach.
  • Keep hallways and exits clear of clutter. This will allow an easier escape during a fire, and will give first responders access to your home during an emergency.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains, and other materials, and always plug your heater directly into the wall.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2021 2325 PT

Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Hurricane Updates | October 3, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

We are updating SitReps for the various ongoing U.S. Hurricanes Disaster Recovery events.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

HURRICANE MARIA 

Puerto Rico

FEMA IMT 1 is Lead Agency. They are tasked with the establishing of an Incident support base for the receipt and distribution of commodities, supplies and resources. IMT 2 is coordinating with other agencies to plan and prioritize road clearing.  FDNY IMT 2 has been assigned with damage assessment to critical infrastructure including roads, water systems and communications.  206  total active personnel.

U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Croix and is managing a logistical staging area for incoming responders.  IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Thomas to support the receiving and distribution of emergency supplies to aid in the relief efforts.  45 total active personnel.

HURRICANE HARVEY

Texas A&M Forest Service IMT 2 has mobilized to College Station, TX to support recovery and mitigation efforts, surveying impacts on local fire departments and distributing donated fire equipment.  There are 74 active personnel assigned to this Disaster event.

HURRICANE IRMA

South Florida Parks and the National Park Service are working together with an IMT 2 team.  The IMT is overseeing the site assessment, debris cleanup and emergency stabilization within National Parks in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.   There are 244 active personnel assigned to this incident.  A very preliminary cost-to-date is at $2.7 Million.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1915 hours PDT

Update 2 | Bronx NY Commercial Building Still Burning

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2254 PDT / 0154 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

Current fire conditions: [Per Command]

75 x 100 facility with fire showing on Floors 2 and 3.  Car 15 is assisting Operations.  5 Towers are working with 1 stream in Operations.  Windows and doors are covered but Truck is opening them up.

Two additional Towers were requested.

A FAST truck was also en route to the fire ground.

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

NEW | Bronx NY Commercial Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 4

Updated 9:32pm PDT / 12:32am EDT

“Please pray for our 1st Responders, Their Families and the American People.”

– NWFB 

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed by Police and rendered safe.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog