A fast-acting subway conductor rushed to evacuate his train at a subway stop in Brooklyn when he spotted someone pouring gasoline all over the train floor and feared an explosion.
Conductor Benjamin Schaeffer said when his train pulled into the 36th Street station in Sunset Park on Sunday, passengers approached him, telling him they saw someone spilling gasoline on the floor of the train.
"I opened the door, and fumes -- gasoline fumes just hit me in the face," conductor Benjamin Schaeffer told News 4 New York in an exclusive interview Tuesday.
The veteran conductor with 21 years on the job quickly ordered an evacuation, fearing a fire or an explosion: "I had to act fast." "I told everyone just, 'Get outta the car,'" he said. "No pleasantries. No courtesy. It's an emergency situation, just get outta the car."
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The Oneonta Town Fire Commission held a controversial budget hearing Tuesday with the future of the commission itself in doubt.
There has been a stalemate in negotiations between the town, city and commission for more than a year that culminated in the commission voting to dissolve in a 3-2 vote in September.
Chairwoman Johna Peachin and commissioners Ron Peters and Fernando “Fred” Volpe voted in favor of dissolution. Commissioners Michelle Catan and Alan Rubin voted against the dissolution.
The vote prompted the town to bring a lawsuit against the commission in order to keep it operating until Dec. 31, 2019. Town of Oneonta Supervisor Robert Wood said the town is hoping the court will rule in favor of the Town of Oneonta so that it can develop its own fire district. The court date is set for Thursday.
Uncertainty loomed over Tuesday's meeting because of the upcoming court date.
Oneonta Daily Star
City police on Tuesday charged Christopher M. Sharland, 36, of 715 Riverside Ave., with first-degree coercion, second-degree strangulation and first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies, and the misdemeanors of third-degree assault, second-degree menacing, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, second-degree reckless endangerment, aggravated driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. He was also issued unspecified traffic tickets.
Police charge on Oct. 11 in the parking lot of the Ogdensburg Fire Department, Mr. Sharland threatened firefighters and attempted to ram the fire station with his vehicle, then left the fire department upon patrols’ arrival.
Following a traffic stop, Mr. Sharland fled on foot and was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit, police said.
Watertown Daily Times
Buffalo Firefighters are investigating after a triple house fire on the city's east side.
The original call came in around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday for a house fire on French Street, but the fire was actually on Box Avenue.
When crews arrived to Box Avenue, one house was fully engulfed, one had flames coming from the roof and the other was exposed to the flames. The fire was put out within an hour. All three homes were occupied and everyone managed to get out safely. Red Cross is assisting the occupants.
One home was a total loss.
No one was hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Seven firefighters from the East Williston Fire Department will be honored next week for aiding a resident in 2017.
Firefighters from the department and other regional emergency medical services will receive awards for their service at the Nassau Regional EMS Council Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
The East Williston Fire Department also recognized the rescue as its ambulance call of the year at the annual awards dinner in April.
Department Chief Patrick Theodore and Jonathan Viola are being named the Basic Life Support Provider of the Year.
“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Theodore said. “Everybody did a great job that day and it was a phenomenal team effort.”
David Black, Vincent Delgatto, Nicholas DiPasquale, Kevin O’Donnell and Cesar Romero have also received honorable mention for the award.
The Island Now
A log cabin on Milart Drive was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning, but no injuries were reported.
Luzerne-Hadley firefighters were initially called out around 4 a.m. Tuesday for a structure fire at a home of 42 Milart Drive. The road is off Route 9N, near the Hudson River, and access was initially blocked by a downed tree on the driveway, according to the Luzerne-Hadley Fire Department.
The fire tore through the structure, leaving little but charred walls and sections of roof, and it was reported to have rekindled around 12:15 p.m.
The cause was under investigation by Saratoga County fire investigators later Tuesday. Firefighters from Bay Ridge, Corinth and West Glens Falls fire departments provided mutual aid.
Glens Falls Post-Star