New York News

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Another 9/11 First Responder Dies Of Cancer Hours Before Senator Blocks Vote On Victim Compensation Fund

As a single Republican senator stops the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund from receiving funding, first responders are again grieving the loss of one of New York’s Bravest. The Uniformed Firefighters Association announced that retired firefighter Kevin Nolan has died of 9/11-related cancer. The 58-year-old had been a member of Engine Company 79 and was among the thousands of police officers and firefighters working at Ground Zero immediately after the 2001 terror attacks. Nolan, who lived in Rye and retired from the FDNY in 2007, leaves behind a wife and three adult children. “Kevin is the 199th member of the FDNY to die of World Trade Center related illness,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said, via the New York Daily News. “So many years later, we continue to lose those who displayed such incredible bravery on that terrible day, and in the weeks that followed.”
CBS New York

Firefighters suffer heat exhaustion battling fire at home in Monsey

At least five firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion Wednesday while battling a fire at a multi-family home in Monsey, according to fire officials. The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. at a home on Forshay Road. Fire officials say no one was at home at the time of the fire. Fire officials say one firefighter was taken to the hospital. They say the heat and humidity combined with the fire made it overwhelming. Fire officials say residents will not be able to return home today. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
News 12 Westchester

Community Remembers Ithaca Firefighter Who Lost Her Battle Against Cancer

On Wednesday July 17th, the Ithaca community gathered to say goodbye to a 10-year veteran of the Ithaca Fire Department. On July 8th, 36-year-old Daryl Pace, passed away from cancer related to her job as a firefighter. Those who knew Daryl say she touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was said to be passionate, kind, and caring, no matter if it was was on duty, or on the ice. "Just as they said, she was a damn good firefighter, she was a damn good hockey player and she was a force of nature out there on the ice," says C.J. DelVecchio, one of Daryl's former hockey teammates Daryl spent the past ten years serving with the city of Ithaca fire department, before needing to retire due to her illness. Even if she was not on the same shift as some of her co-workers, they told WENY News she had left an impression on all of them.

Trucker dies in fiery Northway collision near Glens Falls

A truck driver was killed and all lanes of the northbound Northway between exits 17 and 19 closed by a crash involving two tractor-trailers early Wednesday. Both trucks burst into fire after they collided near the Exit 18 overpass, and one driver was able to free himself and escape his cab while the other was not, officials said. State Police said one of the trucks was stopped on the highway’s shoulder when it was hit by the other around 3:30 a.m. The driver of the stationary truck escaped but the other died at the scene. Their names were not immediately released, as police were working to identify the man who died. The surviving driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by West Glens Falls Emergency Squad members.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Fire damages three-story building in Hudson

Returning from a refueling job, city firefighters responded to a call on 6th Street on Tuesday and their quick action is being credited with saving a building. Hudson Fire Department firefighters were on their way back from fueling their ladder truck when they spotted smoke issuing from a three-story building on 64 North 6th St. at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. When firefighters went inside the building, they saw heavy smoke on the third floor and in the attic. No flames were visible through the smoke, but, using an infrared camera, firefighters were able to discover flames in the eaves of the north side of the building. The blaze was contained to a 10-foot-by-10-foot area and extinguished in 10 minutes, firefighters said. Two people who were upstairs in apartments when the fire broke out were able to evacuate the building safely and without injury, Fire Chief Anthony DeMarco Jr. said. No injuries were reported to firefighters or the building’s occupants.
Hudson Valley 360

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

24 hospitalized after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at New York City church

Two dozen people went to the hospital for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after they were evacuated from a church in Manhattan. Firefighters responded to Saint Malachy's Church on West 49th Street in Midtown on Tuesday morning for reported elevated levels of the gas. The elevated levels of carbon monoxide were first detected in the basement of the church where the nonprofit Encore Community Services offers meals and other assistance to senior citizens. "The seniors weren't feeling well, a bunch of the staff specifically were passing out and were verbally unresponsive," said Encore Community Services intern Gabrielle Morales. By the time firefighters arrived, most of the 80 people inside had self-evacuated. Twenty-four people were said to have minor injuries and were taken to the hospital while one person was treated at the scene for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The fire department will remain at the scene until the carbon monoxide levels drop.

Rochester Fire Chief, City Council to discuss dynamic staffing

Rochester City Council members confirm to News10NBC that they plan to meet next week with the Rochester fire chief to discuss dynamic staffing. Dynamic staffing is an initiative to reduce overtime costs by closing a fire station for certain shifts. Any calls received during that time will be covered by the next closest engine. However, the concept has some concerned about response times when those stations are closed. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says a study shows it won't impact public safety and will save taxpayers a million dollars. The meeting between City Council and the fire chief is set for Wednesday, July 24.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Large utility pole fire leads to power outage in Village of Newark

VIDEO: Heavy rains are being blamed for bringing down a utility pole which then caught fire, knocking out power to a portion of the Village of Newark. The video of the fire was captured by Shawn Spratley and posted to Facebook. The fire broke out just before 4:30 p.m. on West Union Street near the Canal View Restaurant. According to Fire Chief Kevin Velte, the heavy rain eroded the ground around the base of the pole, causing it to fall. Velte says that’s when the oil in the transformers caught fire, sending thick, black smoke into the air. The fire burned for some time but crews were eventually able to extinguish the flames. The incident left a portion of the village without power including the intersection of Union Street and Main Street.
Rochester First

Nothing supernatural about haunted house fire - three teens charged with arson in Franklin County blaze

Three teenage girls have been charged with arson in the fire that destroyed a well-known “haunted house” in Cooks Corners. The trio –– two from Malone and one from North Bangor –– were each charged Friday by New York State Police with one count of third-degree arson, a felony, in connection with the fire that destroyed a vacant house at 189 County Route 3 that began the previous night. The teens, whose identities were not released because of their age, were issued Family Court Appearance Tickets. Firefighters who battled the blaze said the fire had apparently begun in the basement of the house, which had been vacant for many years. The wooden structure burned down to the stone foundation. The Franklin County Cause and Origin Team had been called to the scene even before the fire was extinguished.
The Malone Telegram

Car catches fire in garage on Rochester’s west side

VIDEO: A car caught fire in a garage Tuesday night causing a lot of smoke in the area. It happened on Campbell Street behind a storage facility. Firefighter's say the person working on the car tried to put the fire out put was unsuccessful. The fire was dealt with quickly when firefighter's arrived. No one was injured.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

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