Several firefighters were injured battling a five-alarm blaze Saturday on Staten Island.
The flames broke out shortly after 7 p.m. at a fire marshal’s house on Steinway Avenue in the New Springville section. “One of the houses is one of our fire marshals’. Fortunately, his family and his baby were down at the Jersey Shore for the weekend, but he was at work to come home and find that his house was destroyed,” Chief of Department James Leonard said.
Witnesses told CBS2’s Reena Roy they saw black smoke billowing into the air.
“We were just in the backyard enjoying our day. Then next thing I know, I look to my left and just a big cloud, like a mushroom cloud, of black just comes out of nowhere,” neighbor Akallah Figueroa said.
“It spread so quickly that it was like a plume of smoke, like huge, like a big, black cloud of smoke and it was very, very thick,” said Kristie Spielman. “I started to choke. We had to walk away a little bit.”
CBS New York
Three people were injured after an ambulance flipped following a crash in Westchester County Sunday.
Authorities say the ambulance rolled over on Hardscrabble Road. It collided with a Honda Accord that was traveling east as the emergency vehicle pulled out of Daniel Road.
Croton Falls first assistant fire chief Trish Gallagher says there was no patient inside the ambulance, only a driver and an EMT. They were both taken to Northern Westchester Hospital with minor injuries.
The female driver of the Accord was taken to Danbury Hospital and also had minor injuries.
Members of the North Salem Ambulance Corp. tell News 12 that they've never seen an accident with an ambulance like this in the department's history.
Firefighters also called the accident unique for the area, but remain grateful that everyone was able to walk out alive.
News 12 Westchester
FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stepped over a steaming pile of controversy Saturday as he deflected questions about Firefighter Joseph Cassano's pooping arrest in New Jersey.
“It’s quite unfortunate,” Nigro said about the June 10 arrest where Cassano — who became a firefighter in April after he left the department in disgrace in 2013 over racist tweets — allegedly defecated on a stranger’s lawn furniture following a night of drinking in Lake Como, N.J. “We will see how it plays out. It’s all we can say now.”
Cassano, the son of former FDNY Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano, has been suspended by the department for 30 days. As a probationary firefighter, any kind of trouble with the law, no matter how minor, could lead to termination, officials said.
“He is on an unpaid suspension and the disciplinary process is playing out,” Nigro said as he visited an open house event at Engine 307/Ladder 154 in Corona, Queens, where area residents were given free smoke detectors.
New York Daily News - Metered Site
A 71-year-old woman was found dead early Monday after a fire in a high-rise building in Queens, police said.
Firefighters responded to the fire in the building on Seagirt Avenue, between Beach Eighth and Beach Sixth streets, in Far Rockaway at about 2:10 a.m. The blaze, in a 15th-floor apartment, was under control about an hour later, the FDNY said.
The woman, who was not immediately identified, was found inside the apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene, cops said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
AM New York
One of the city’s newest FDNY inspectors knows firsthand the devastation a fire can wreak — her sister was one of 87 people killed in the flames of the Happy Land arson nearly three decades ago.
On Monday, when Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro swears in Taja Marlow as a fire prevention inspector, she’ll be thinking of her adored big sister, Kim, and everything she could have been.
"She was star of the family,” said Marlow, 30, who was just 2 when Kim, the eldest of six children, died. “She took care of everyone. She was the one that kept the family together.
“I feel like I’m doing this for her.” Kim Marlow was celebrating with her girlfriends at the illegal Bronx nightclub on March 25, 1990, when Julio Gonzalez was tossed out for fighting with his former girlfriend.
Gonzalez returned with $1 worth of gasoline, poured it around the club’s only door and watched the place go up in flames.
New York Daily News - Metered Site