A terrorist detonated a pipe bomb in a subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal — one of the busiest transit hubs in the world — during the Monday morning rush-hour, injuring three people and causing commuter chaos.
Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his “low tech” explosive in the passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. at 7:20 a.m., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said.
After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said.
He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off.
NY Daily News
A Syracuse woman died hours after firefighters carried her out of her burning North Side home this weekend, city fire Lt. Joe Galloway said.
Patricia Smith, 64, was in bed when she noticed smoke in her house at 1134 Wadsworth St.
But Smith had a back problem and couldn't get out of a back second-floor bedroom Saturday morning, firefighters said. A friend who had gone to check on the source of the smoke called 911 after he couldn't enter the house because there was too much smoke.
Firefighters spent about 15 minutes trying to get to Smith.
"No working smoke detectors and extensive clutter throughout the house hampered rescue and firefighting efforts," Galloway said.
AMR ambulance crews brought Smith to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, where she arrived in critical condition. She died later Saturday, Galloway said.
Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com
As a New England Patriots fan, Bill Duggan isn’t a huge fan of Roger Goodell. After all, there’s that whole Deflategate controversy with Tom Brady.
But Sunday morning, that changed, when Duggan, a Tarrytown firefighter who is battling brain cancer, came face to face with the NFL commissioner, who gave him four tickets to Super Bowl LII.
NFL officials had seen a Journal News/lohud story about Duggan’s friends starting a gofundme page to send him and his lifelong friend, Dave Chillemi, to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. On Sunday, Mike Chillemi, Dave's son, asked Duggan to come to the Main Street firehouse for yet another interview.
NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
Five buildings were damaged with two being labeled a "total loss" after a fire swept through Walworth on Sunday morning.
According to the West Walworth Fire Chief, a fire broke out at an owned but unoccupied home on the 4000 block of West Walworth Road around 5:05 a.m. on Sunday. It soon spread to neighboring buildings, including a lawn mower store and an occupied home. The neighbors in the closest home were able to escape uninjured.
The site of the initial fire, as well as the lawnmower store, have been declared total losses, with crews working to demolish the lawnmower store early Sunday morning.
Multiple departments responded to the incident.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester
Called in as mutual aid, and positioned to stop the fire up front, Watervliet firefighters sent their ladder over the Remsen Street fire in Cohoes last week.
Chief Rob Conlen was directing his men.
“The fire was really blowtorching out of the front of the building,” Conlen said.
About half way up, Conlen says they were suddenly forced to lower back.
“It was bad conditions, and they had to get out of there,” Conlen said.
A rapid change in the wind put the firefighters in quick danger.
“We got the guys out of the bucket without anyone being hurt,” Conlen said.
He says their escape seemed like a miracle, but their truck wasn't so lucky.
“The back tires were on fire, the firefighter who jumped in to drive it away said the steering wheel was hot on his hands,” Conlen said.
WRGB-TV CBS 6 Schenectady
Remember that massive fire at Nolan's Restaurant in Canandaigua back in July? City officials faced major criticism for not properly staffing the fire department. Now, officials are taking steps to change that.
City council has voted to add a deputy fire chief position. A part time administrator recently retired from the department and city officials took the chance to increase the budget for that position and turn it into a deputy chief.
After the fire at Nolan's, critics claimed the department was not adequately staffed for fires of that magnitude. The department is staffed with nine firefighters. Two work are always on 24/7. If a fire like Nolan's happens, officials will call in volunteer fire fighters.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester