Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023

FDNY firefighter dies, 7 hurt battling Brooklyn house blaze

FDNY firefighter dies, 7 hurt battling Brooklyn house blaze

New York (Writer)-A young FDNY firefighter died Sunday after battling a raging three-alarm inferno at a Brooklyn home where seven of his colleagues were also injured, officials said.

The body of a man who lived in the house was found Sunday night in the burned-out wreckage, FDNY officials and Mayor Adams’ spokesman Fabien Levy confirmed.

Six-year veteran firefighter Timothy Klein, 31, died while trying to knock down the blaze at the home on Avenue N near E. 108th St. in Canarsie that erupted about 1:40 p.m.

FDNY firefighter Timothy Klein died Sunday battling a three-alarm blaze in Brooklyn that injured seven of his colleagues.

FDNY firefighter Timothy Klein died Sunday battling a three-alarm blaze in Brooklyn that injured seven of his colleagues.

Klein was cut down when the building ceiling collapsed; the critically injured firefighter was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn but could not be saved.

“The incident commander identified deteriorating conditions and ordered all members out of the building,” said acting FDNY commissioner Laura Kavanagh at a grim news conference at Brookdale.

”As they were doing so, there was a partial collapse of the ceiling. Four members were caught in that collapse. Three made it out and are stable in local hospitals at this time,” she reported.

An injured civilian was treated at the scene.

Five injured firefighters were being treated at local hospitals. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening Sunday evening, Mayor Adams said at the somber news conference.

Firefighters respond to a three-alarm fire at 10826 Avenue N in Brooklyn on Sunday.

In a heartbreaking moment of grief, about 100 FDNY members saluted as Klein’s body was transferred from the hospital to a waiting ambulance. Relatives of Klein stood by, sobbing and hugging in helpless sorrow.

“We pray for him and his family, for the city, a great loss,” Adams said. “Timothy lost his life doing the job that we ask of him every day, and his fellow colleagues.”

Firefighters were working to track down one resident of the burned-out home who was unaccounted for, Adams said.

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