FDNY Arson dog found traces of accelerant

An FDNY arson dog found traces of accelerant on three gloves inside the car of Eric Chen, the owner of a building that burned down December 19th in Elmhurst Queens, leaving three people dead & four others injured. Police & fire investigators were searching Chen’s home & Toyota 4Runner truck in Flushing Tuesday night when the canine made the discovery, …

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Father who allegedly burned daughter alive, has died from his own burns

The father accused of burning his daughter to death, has died from his own burns. In May 2019, the FDNY was alerted to an accident with fire near Baisley Pond Park. Upon arrival, a 2008 Audi A6 was engulfed in flames. 40 year old Martin Pereira was seen running from the scene, yelling “My daughter is in there”,…

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Fatal house fire in East Elmhurst declared Arson

FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigations announced Thursday that the fatal East Elmhurst fire that claimed the lives of 3 people, including a 6-year-old girl & her great-grandfather, & left 2 other members of their family clinging to life, was a work of an arson after “ignitable liquid was used as an accelerant.” Firefighters were called…

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Schomburg Plaza Fire

March 22nd, 1987- a fire in a Harlem residential high rise shaped the way the FDNY operates at high rise buildings today. Lessons learned from this fire can apply to both firefighters & the public. Schomburg Plaza, a 35 story residential high rise building located at 1295 5th Avenue in Harlem section of Manhattan was…

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Street alarm box, still working, still trusted

It is being reported that Boston Fire Dept responded to a working fire at 5:15a at Endicott Street in the North End, this response was initiated by Box Alarm Readout System (BARS). The media is refering to this system as ‘antiquated’, however, this morning there was widespread 911 outages in the Boston area. While it…

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FDNY Marine Division inspect engine fire on board a ship

From the US Coast Guard: NEW YORK — The U.S. Coast Guard and Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) Special Operations Command firefighters and Rescue Paramedics conducted a joint safety examination of a disabled 479-foot asphalt tanker Monday afternoon after a fire broke out in its engine room while underway in the Atlantic…

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Wind Driven Fire: Lionel Hampton

January 7th 1997 was a rather mild winter day, temperatures in the 40’s with wind gusts exceeding 30mph. These conditions would challenge firefighting operations in an afternoon fire. Just after 2pm, Engine 40 responded to an EMS run at the Empire Hotel at West 64th Street & Broadway, Box 969. Up the block, a fire broke out…

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Week in Review – 10/24 – 10/30/16

As we move into the cold season, activity for the FDNY always picks up. This past week, companies responded to all sorts of incidents requiring hard work and special units. Let’s look back at what happened in the Big Apple: Monday October 24th: Manhattan – 1 All Hands Bronx – 1 All Hands Staten Island…

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