A fire raged for hours in a Brooklyn hardware store early Thursday, injuring one person.
Firefighters responded to the four-alarm blaze at Fulton St. near Franklin Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 5:10 a.m., according to authorities. There are three floors of apartments above the hardware store.
One person suffered non-life threatening injuries, FDNY officials said. More than three hours later, the fire continued to burn.
The inferno drew spectators among morning commuters but nearby subways remained open. The fire sent giant plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
New York Daily News
A state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday reserved decision regarding an injunction to block the city from a new policy that prohibits firefighters from being called into work when their colleagues call in sick.
Last month, the City Council decided in executive session to establish a new policy that will not allow firefighters to be brought into work when others call in sick, a move that City Manager Sharon A. Addison admitted violates the union contract. The union promptly filed a grievance.
Following oral arguments by attorneys, Judge James P. McClusky said he would make his written decision known within a week.
Watertown Daily Times
With uncertain steps Wednesday, FDNY EMT Sal Turturici accepted a gift that will make getting around a little easier.
Suffering from liver cancer, the Staten Island father of three gets tired easily, and he says his new motorized wheelchair will give him a bit of his life back.
"It'll let me do the right thing and make sure that I can hang out with my kids, and be with my kids, and do it all, and make memories," Turturici said.
Turturici became an EMT just after 9/11. His first assignment: months of rescue and recovery work at the World Trade Center site.
When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, doctors said it was the result of all the time he spent there.
A short time later, he met retired Firefighter Ray Pfeifer.
A lawsuit filed against the Fire Department of New York accuses it of discriminating against black employees and job seekers in its ambulance and civilian support staff operations and comes almost four years after the department agreed to pay $98 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit from black firefighters.
The new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan, has seven plaintiffs, all current employees. One of those employees works in the ambulance service, and the others are in non-uniform positions such as human resources and computers.
Middletown Times Herald-Record
An illegal social club in the basement of a massive apartment building in Mount Vernon — just six miles from the Bronx — could have been another Happy Land fire, according to Mount Vernon officials.
Late last month, Mount Vernon’s Fire Commissioner Teddy Beale got tipped to an unlicensed hangout set up in the basement of 257 1st St, underneath a laundromat and at least 20 residential apartments in the building above.
When Beale and local police raided the rickety joint, they found conditions that brought to mind the deadly Bronx blaze of 1990. Eighty-seven people died inside the Happy Land, an illegal social club, after getting trapped by a raging inferno.
New York Daily News
Should Canandaigua City Council give the OK to creating a deputy fire chief position — as it is expected to do Thursday night — the process of hiring for the position will be similar to the one used in finding a new fire chief.
Canandaigua Fire Chief Frank Magnera was appointed fire chief in September after a search and interviews with both internal and external candidates.
A similar process will be used in filling the deputy fire chief position, although City Manager John Goodwin said there is no definite timetable on hiring the person for the role.
A search will be conducted and internal and external candidates will be considered to find the best fit for the job and for the city, Goodwin said.
“Hiring is one of the most important things we do,” Goodwin said, so the city will perform due diligence in reviewing candidates and conducting background checks.