25 firefighters were injured in a fire in New York. 23 of them had to be hospitalized and 2 of them were treated at the scene of the accident according to AM New York. No civilians were injured. The fire started in the lower level of a large Tribeca commercial and residential building located at the corner of Church and Murray at the end of the afternoon last Friday. The FDNY is still investigating the cause of the fire. According to the Gothamist, the fire was ignited in the kitchen of a restaurant located on the ground floor and quickly spread into the duct work and the rest of the building. Heavy black smoke came out of the building and spread through the financial district. The fire that began as a two-alarm fire turned into a 6-alarm one necessitating 200 firefighters to respond. The Post indicates that the building had 3 unresolved fire safety violations from 8 months ago:
- failure to provide a fire-alarm system.
- inappropriate fire exit.
- failure to install fire-resistant material in the club Remix located in the basement.
The building at 24 Murray Street, contains businesses at the lower levels including a deli and a pizzeria and apartments on the upper levels.
In another blaze that occurred in the Rockaways, Queens, firefighters arrived just on time to save the life of a mother and her baby. After a fire engulfed her apartment located on Beach 91st St, a woman climbed out of her window with her child in her arms. She was screaming that she was burning and that she was about to throw her baby out as the firefighters arrived at her location. Firefighters Joe Costa and Sean Hayden were able to rescue the mother and the baby before the unthinkable occurred the NY Daily News reported. According to the FDNY the fire was sparked by an unattended candle in a second floor apartment. There were no working smoke detectors in the building.