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UPDATE – More video from FDNY bail out: Rescue 2 firefighter in flames exits a Brooklyn brownstone. Five injured in Crown Heights fire.


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Update from The Secret List:

FDNY Firefighters rescued one of their own earlier, pulling him "on fire" from a Brooklyn brownstone. As members searched the Crown Heights dwelling for victims, the top floor of the 3 story dwelling on Prospect Place apparently flashed, trapping at least one Rescue 2 Firefighter inside. An aerial ladder was raised to the third floor window and another Firefighter at the top of the ladder helped get him out. The FF was burning and the FF on the ladder hit him on his back to knock down the fire.

The injured R-2 Firefighter was treated and taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell with burns over 40% of his body, including his face, head and hands and is critical-but breathing on his own.The brownstone turned out to be empty as a family of 6 lives there but was not home. 4 other firefighters were hurt and are being treated at local hospitals-1 in serious condition and the other 2 stable.

At this time, 1 Firefighter has critical, 3rd degree hand burns and multiple other 2nd and 3rd degree spot burns (45% overall) and will be in surgery. The 2nd most serious Firefighter has several 2nd and 3rd degree burns and is doing well. 


Fire this morning just after 9:00 AM at 1102 Prospect Place has left two firefighters from FDNY in the Cornell Burn Center in serious condition. Three other firefighters were also hurt. Witnesses told Trevor Kapp and Barry Paddock of the New York Daily News that the top floor of the brownstone erupted in a fireball. It trapped at least one firefighter inside who came out head first and on fire. He is reported to have burns over about 30 percent of his body. Here's more from the New York Daily News:

“He was about to jump out the window,” said neighbor Joseph Ward, 29.

Rescue workers extended a ladder to the third floor window. A firefighter at the top of the ladder helped the trapped smoke-eater, flames shooting off his body, crawl out to safety.

Perched at the top of the ladder, the rescuer pounded on his injured comrade’s back to subdue the flames. Debris from the still-burning building showered down around them.

Click here for New York Daily News photos and story from this morning's fire.


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  • Former Chief

    Oh my God.  My thoughts and prayers are with the injured Firefighters and their families.  I can't even put into words what I felt watching that.

  • Fire21

    Most likely those two, and maybe all five, won't be home for Christmas.  What a terrible thing to happen to them all.  May God give them quick healing from these injuries, and wisdom and skill to their care providers.  And may they have the merriest Christmas possible.
    God bless you, Brothers.


    Speedy recovery BROTHER!!!! And to all Firefighters injuired in todays blaze.  From your brothers in the DCFD.


    Hopes & prayers for speedy recoveries.  Thankfully they're with a FD that believes in laddering the building.

  • Vinny C

    Get well soon everyone will be saying a few prayers for a speedy recovery.

  • capthoco

    Thoughts and prayers. Not sure who came up the aerial to get him. Regardless it is a good example why operators need to be in PPE. You never know when you will have to be put into harms way. It may be for one of your own. 

    • Fire21

      Excellent advice, capthoco.  I am guilty of being lazy…maybe this will re-educate me and others.  Thank you.

  • Just another Fireman

    Thoughts and Prayers  and a speedy recovery to you Brother!!

  • mark

    Amazing, prayers out to the brothers and their families.

  • Rake

    FDNY truckies and rescue routinely conduct searches ahead of the hoseline. Scary stuff because you're counting the seconds in your head until the fire takes the whole apt. Many things can change that timeline – an unexpected vent, a renovation to the apt, even just getting hung up on furniture on your way out. Hope the injured members are ok.

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  • Captain Daddy

    The Rescue was probably first due and the first due truck was OOS for the day for training.  Sometimes things outside our control put us on scene without water. 

  • Oh Lord

    You have many of us praying for a strong recovery. Be safe out there…everyone.

  • Chris

    God bless you friend, our prayers are with you and your family.

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  • 4 years in

    That was really hard to watch.  Dammit.

  • 19house

    Can't express what I was feeling watching that. Speedy Recovery R2!

  • firehat

    That is some upsetting, powerful, video. 
    On an unrelated note, did anyone else notice the "rescue workers" terminology?

    • CHAOS

      The caption on the news clip was "emergency workers"…right up there with "first responders".

  • the ear

    May the brothers injured on this job recuperate quickly and be 100%. The proud tradition of FDNY continues.

  • WFD51

    God be with the injured and their famlies. 

  • Paul B

    Per the Fire union. Manpower was short because of cuts on at least 2 of the first due units. Including a very important spot on the first due truck. And I agree with capthoco. Laziness is what gets us killed. Cops included here. I am guilty of it all the time. This is a perfect example of having your gear on and ready for you to go from zero to sixty in 2 seconds. Good job by all. God Bless them all and a speedy recovery. Say a little prayer for NYPD Police Officer Peter Figosky. May he rest in peace. Unfortunately his 4 Daughters will never have him at Christmas again. Stay safe and go home please!

  • N Kind

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the brothers injured at this fire hope they make a speedy recovery thank god for good turn out gear .Best wishes from your brothers across the pond in England   

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