Remembering Louis Valentino, Rescue 2
On February 5th, 1996, a phone alarm was transmitted at 1537hrs reporting smoke from the roof of 4400 Glenwood Road in Brooklyn. 1540hrs, the 10-75 was transmitted by 1st due companies for fire in a building behind a large gymnasium. Rescue Company 2 was ordered to check the conditions of the fire building & exposure 4. The Floor above team included FF Louis Valentino, who was directed to check Exposure 4. Upon completion, FF Valentino entered the original fire building. At this point, most of the fire was knocked down, which was contained to vehicles stored in the structure & the ceiling area. At aprox 1601hrs, without warning, the roof of the fire building collapsed on the members operating below. Several MAYDAY's were transmitted. Many members were able to self extricate, while FF Valentino was found under a large section of the collapsed roof 15 feet inside the building. Saws, airbags, hand tools, & cribbing were used to get to Valentino. He was removed at 1615hrs & transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The fire building was illegally built without any architectural plans, permits or inspections & the occupants were engaged in illegal & unregulated hazardous activities.