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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 just after 4pm Wednesday to a fire burning in a two-story home on 93rd Street in East Elmhurst, said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Responders were at the scene just minutes later & found two people had escaped the flames. They were rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, Nigro said.
3 people were still inside the house as the fire raged. Firefighters battled to put out the inferno & located the 3 inside.
A 6-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, said Nigro. She was visiting from the Dominican Republic with her mother & baby brother, a source familiar with the investigation said.
2 adults later died at the hospital, 1 of whom was the girl's 70-year-old grandfather who lived at the house.
Sunday June 12th 2016, phone alarm in to the Brooklyn CO for a brush fire. 2 Engines & Marine 3 were initially assigned to determine the exact location. Eng.309 reported seeing a large cloud in the area of Plumb Beach off the Belt Pkwy & Flatbush Ave. When the location & size were determined, Eng.309 requested the full assignment to be transmitted. This location proved difficult for land units due to it's remote location. Marine 3 initially thought they would have difficulty in shallow draft to flow enough water. Upon arrival of the 33 Battalion, the All Hands was transmitted with request for an additional Engine & Truck. Seconds later, Eng.323 which was positioned in the Marina, reported the fire threatening the Marina, they needed help. Brooklyn informed Marine 3 the additional Engine & Truck assigned were to go to their location, but Eng.323 said "We need more than that!" Marine Division had assigned Marines 3, 6, 8 & 9. This fire reached 7 Alarms including the use of the NYPD Bambi Bucket and special called BFU's and Staten Island apparatus for use of their forestry hose.
While searching for good hydrants near by, the Fire Boats were once again a great source of supply for water. Once they overcame the shallow draft, the boats were able to flow their own master streams but also provide a positive water supply for hand lines which were stretched to the boat. This isn't the first time our Fire Boats replaced the land water system. On 9/11/01, the collapse took out the water grid and the land units relied heavily on the Fire Boats to supply a positive water source.
Fire Boat William Feehan is a 2015 Metalcraft Firestorm 70. It has 3 C-18 Caterpillar Engines at 1,150 hp each. The pumps are 2 Darley Model ZSP 3,000 gpm @ 150 psi that can dispense foam to one or both pumps.
Sunday April 24th 2016, FDNY Companies in East New York were turned out for a reported house fire at 270 Arlington Ave between Elton & Linwood Streets.
Initial assignment included E-332/L-175, E-233/L-176, E-231 and the 44 Battalion. 3 minutes later, E-332/L-175 arrived and transmitted the 10-75.
18:26 10-75 transmitted: Assignment included E-290, Squad 252, L-156(FAST) acting TL-120, Bn-39, Rescue 2 and Division 15.
18:27 Signal 2-2 (2nd Alarm Transmitted) E-225/TL-107, E-293, E-271 acting 233, E-236, TL-120, Bn-37, Bn-38, Bn-28, E-210 w/Satellite 6, Field Com, Tac2, Rescue Batt, Safety Batt, E-279(Communications Unit)
18:36 Signal 3-3 (3rd Alarm Trasmitted) E-222, E-234/L-123, E-214, E-310, L-103, Bn-58, Mask Service Unit. Special Called above the 3-3 TL-124, TL-111, TL-135, L-125.
Saturday April 9th, 2016, The Cavemen Engine 40/Tower Ladder 35 responded 1st due to a reported smoke on the 9th floor at 75 Central Park West, corner of West 67 Street. A room of fire was discovered by TL-35 in apt 9D of a 15 story fireproof high rise residential multiple dwelling, the 9th Battalion transmitted the 10-77. 35 confined the fire to the room of origin while Engine 40 hooked up and stretched off of the stand pipe. The fire was knocked down by Engine 40 and contained to the 1 room in the apartment. No injuries were reported and fire is under investigation.
E-40, E-23, E-74, E-39, TL-35, L-25, Bn-9
On the 10-77:
E-39, E-54(High Rise Nozzle), Squad 18, E-44 (CFR), L-16(FAST), L-4, L-2, Bn-11, Bn-10, Bn-8, Rescue 1, Div.3, RAC1, FIeld Com, Rescue Batt, Safety Batt, E-22 with High Rise 2