VIDEO: Officials are investigating a fire in Queens that left nearly two dozen children injured, one of them seriously.
It happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In a frenzy, firefighters rushed to get everyone out of the two-story home on 72nd Drive near 147th Street.
"They were running, and the smoke was intense," said Anny Phillip, who works nearby.
It took about 40 minutes for crews to get the fire under control.
First responders say 22 people were injured, 18 of them children. Most were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
One child was taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition.
"That was scary, to see a whole bunch of kids coming out. I saw one in a blanket that a firefighter took, I think, and he had a blanket. He was running with him because I guess that one was probably really bad," Phillip said.
WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York
City officials announced Wednesday that New York City's 911 emergency call system is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover to enhance public safety.
They say it’s called “Next Generation 911” or “NG911” for short.
The new system will help speed up response times and allow critical information between 911, the NYPD and the FDNY to be routed quicker among agencies. Also, the information coming in is expected to cut down on the amount of time it takes to internally handle a call.
NG911 will give people and emergency workers the ability to send and share texts, photographs and videos to the city's 911 system, which will help first responders deal with an emergency before they arrive to a scene.
The city's 911 call centers operate out of the Bronx and Brooklyn, and combined they receive about 9 million calls a year.
News 12 Brooklyn
VIDEO: The North Greece Fire District received a lifesaving gift Wednesday. The LUCAS 3 mechanical CPR device is used to deliver chest compressions to a person in cardiac arrest.
Firefighters say this will help them provide better care when it matters most. The machine cost $19,000, but firefighters say it’s worth every penny and will make a big difference.
We all saw that after Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest a few weeks back. Doctors say CPR helped save his life.
The LUCAS 3 is used in the event of cardiac arrest. It was donated by North Greece Firefighters Local 3827.
Union President Mark Baxter says the device delivers a more than 60 percent blood flow increase to the brain than manual CPR. And because it’s automatic, it doesn’t tire out.
WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester
Demand has increased for public safety training in the last year following a 16-month pause at the state's training facility in central New York due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Kathy Hochul's office on Wednesday announced more than 8,000 public safety professionals — ranging from law enforcement, fire service and emergency management — received training at the facility last year.
The training push comes has New York officials at the state and local level have sought to expand the ranks of volunteer organizations, including firefighters and ambulance services.
The State Preparedness Training Center, which first opened in 2006, is operated by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Spectrum News 1
A year ago Wednesday, the fire that ripped through the Pines of Perinton displaced 65 residents and destroyed a total of 18 apartment units. On the evening of the anniversary, the Town of Perinton honored those who responded to the blaze, and those who provided relief.
The town hailed this occasion, saying no one was killed during the fire and the huge “lift” in the immediate hours and days afterward to get these displaced residents settled brought the town together. A resident there though, said issues at the complex remain.
Fire crews were the first to be recognized, followed by the town staff who let the Pines of Perinton residents into the town recreation center for shelter.
“When it occurred so many in the community stepped up,” said Ciaran Hannah, Perinton Town Supervior
WROC-TV 8 CBS Rochester
Stephen P. Hession, 82, of Eastport NY passed away peacefully on January 21st. Born in the Bronx, NY to Dorothy and Edward Hession, he was a lifelong Yankee fan. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Kieran, his son Christopher, son Stephen and daughter in law Lori. Loving sisters Liz and Dorothy (Bunny). Grandchildren who loved him dearly Stephen, Paige, Tyler and Madison. There are also nieces and nephews and many friends, all of who loved and respected him.
Steve joined the FDNY of June 2, 1962 where he served 38 years with honor until his retirement as Deputy Chief in January 2001. He often said there was never a day he wasn't happy going to work, to the job he loved. Steve will be remembered by all for his wonderful sense of humor, his sense of fairness, the sound of his laughter and his love of a good time.