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11 firefighters and 2 residents suffered personal injury in a 4-alarm fire that burned two houses on Hill Avenue in the Bronx, NYC yesterday afternoon. The fire started at 4519 Hill Ave and spread to 4515 and 4523 Hill Ave. One of the firefighters was seriously inured, 8 of them were taken to the hospital for minor wounds treatment and 2 others were treated on site. Two residents also suffered personal injury. One of them was injured after he jumped from a second floor window to escape the flames.

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3 children who were trapped in an apartment fire in Brooklyn were rescued by courageous New York firefighters. The firefighters who arrived at the scene 2 minutes after a call was made first spotted two young boys at the window of the apartment, They were trapped and crying. The firefighters used a bucket ladder to rescue the 5 and 8 year old brothers. The children told the firefighters that their 4 year old brother was still inside the apartment. Justin Tallett a 27 year old rookie firefighter and a former army medic who was in Afghanistan in 2012 was able to get in the apartment. He fought the smoke and the flames and was able to rescue the third brother. The boy who was seriously injured was resuscitated on his way to the hospital and is expected to survive. The grandfather who was supposed to supervise the children bolted out of the department leaving the children behind.

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Ambrealla.jpg40 year old Gordon Matthew Ambrella died from his injuries after he became trapped in a fire in an apartment on the 19th floor of a Brooklyn high rise. The firefighter went into the apartment to look for victims but he never came back. His colleagues found him unconscious on the floor with multiple injuries. He was rushed to the hospital but he couldn’t be saved. The funeral is planned for Thursday.

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Jeffrey%20Bloom.jpgOur partner New York personal injury attorney Jeffrey Bloom is representing Alonzo Yanes a student at the New York Beacon School who was severely injured, when according to a report issued by the Education Department’s Special Commissioner of Investigation, his chemistry teacher improperly poured explosive methanol onto a burning chemistry experiment.

Alonzo suffered second and third degree burns to his face, neck and torso. According to the report, the school custodian found him with a melted left ear.

“It’s very clear from the report that they conducted an experiment that they had been warned by the government was dangerous,” our partner Jeffrey Bloom told the Post. “As a result, a gifted, talented young man has scars, physical and mental, that are going to be with him forever”.

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16 year old Oscar Hernandez suffered catastrophic personal injury as the result of the gas explosion accident that happened last March in Harlem, New York. 3 months later he is still in the hospital recovering from severe burns, broken bones and internal injuries. Oscar was in the coma for 11 days and has no recollection of the gas explosion. He woke up in the hospital to hear that his mom and sister had passed. Today the New York Daily News wrote a touching article about the difficulty endured by Oscar Hernandez and his family to overcome this tragedy. Read the article here

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A preliminary investigation into the ambulance delay related to a deadly fire in Queens (see previous blog) lead to the suspension of 3 FDNY dispatchers and their supervisor.
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The Fire Department of New York is investigating why it took 21 minutes for an ambulance to get to a fire that broke out in a home in Far Rockaway, Queens last Sunday. The calls arrived in the 911 system at 11:51 am and at 11:56 am the firefighters arrived at the location of the blaze. The firefighters pulled two 4 year old children, Jai’Launi Tinglin and Ayina Tinglin (picture), from the fire and tried to resuscitate them but they were unsuccessful. They were asking: Where is EMS? Where is EMS?

According to the NY Daily News, the ambulance was only dispatched to the fire at 12:05 am, 14 minutes after the 911 call and arrived at the scene at 12:12 am, 21 minutes after the first call to 911.

It is not the first time that glitches happen with New York 911. In June last year, Ariel Russo was struck and killed by a reckless driver on the Upper West Side and glitches with 911 led to a 4 minute delay in the arrival of the ambulance. The Russo family is suing the city for negligence.

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A total of 13 people suffered personal injury in a fire in Brooklyn, NYC. Among the victims a man who was trying to escape the blaze by using a bed sheet out of his window and plunged several stories. He was critically injured. His wife who was also in the apartment was saved by the firefighters.

A cellphone video posted to Instagram captured the man falling from his apartment window as firefighters rushed to save him. See below

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The catastrophic explosion that happened in New York yesterday may have been caused by negligence and may have been prevented. Mayor de Blasio said the first warning came 17 minutes before the explosions but Harlem residents say that the mayor’s statement is inaccurate. According to them a strong gas odor had been persisting for months and even though there were numerous complaints little had been done about it. Since last fall residents have been calling 311 to complain about the gas odor. Around Christmas time a FDNY officer visited the premises and reassured tenants that everything was fine… Obviously we know today it wasn’t.

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