Video: Fight Occurs during FDNY, NYPD Charity Football Game

Dozens of players involved in melee after the game
Published Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says a melee that erupted at a charity football game between police and firefighters just shows that football is a competitive sport.

Video of the aftermath of Sunday's game at Coney Island shows dozens of players brawling and yelling curses. Blood can be seen dripping down the face of one firefighter.

The NYPD said in a statement Tuesday that football "is a competitive sport whether it's the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge."

The Fire Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The departments have a history of brawling at charity sports events. Multiple fights broke out at a 2014 hockey game between the departments at the former Nassau Coliseum on Long Island.

The Police Department won Sunday's game 29-13.

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Videos: Harlem Fire Disrupts Rails Service

Fire underneath elevated railway in East Harlem left commuters stranded
Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters into and out of New York's famed Grand Central Terminal faced crippling delays Wednesday, one day after a raging fire broke out beneath elevated train tracks in the city, officials said.

The blaze Tuesday night at a garden center underneath Metro-North tracks north of the station in Manhattan's East Harlem section halted train service and left thousands of commuters stranded on their way home.

Metro-North said two of the four tracks in the area of the fire were operational for Wednesday's morning rush. Trains were slowed from their normal 60 mph to 30 mph as repairs continue.

"Crews inspected all elements, including the supports, track, power and signal, and ran test trains to ensure safety" before reopening the tracks, according to a statement released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority early Wednesday.

The commuter line is running on a Saturday schedule and is at 60 percent capacity, MTA spokeswoman Meredith Daniels said.

Commuters were warned to expect long delays and extremely crowded conditions, and officials encouraged customers to work from home or find alternate travel plans.

More than 150 firefighters responded to the blaze, which officials said also involved construction debris and several trailers and vehicles and may have blown off bolts from the tracks.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the scene and detailed the damage, WCBS-TV reported.

"The fire was so hot that they could hear the rivets, the bolts popping," Cuomo said.

Buildings on both sides of the street were evacuated.

"I opened my window to climb down on my fire escape, and the smoke started getting more heavier," Antone Rosas told the television station.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he slipped, but no civilians were hurt.

Fire officials said crews worked hard to control the fire, which remained under investigation.

"They got in there, they contained the fire to this one area," said James Leonard, chief of department for the Fire Department of New York. "Hopefully, we contained the damage, and we can get the people back on the railroad."

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In this photo provided by Ben Parkin, firefighter battle a fire runder the Metro-North railroad tracks in New York, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Train service into and out of Grand Central is being delayed due to the fire. (Ben Parkin via AP)

Fire Causes Evacuation of New York City Casino

Resorts World Casino in Queens briefly interrupted by an electrical fire
Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say the Resorts World Casino was evacuated because of an electrical fire.

The fire was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday.

A spokesman for the New York City Fire Department says firefighters discovered an electrical fire in the casino, located in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. He says it was brought under control about 30 minutes later.

The casino began allowing guests back into the building early Sunday.

Authorities say no injuries have been reported.

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New York Junior Firefighters Association Unveils Monument

Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association celebrates 10th anniversary
RACHEL UDA, Newsday Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association unveiled a monument Sunday at Eisenhower Park to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the organization that prepares teenagers to battle blazes.

An American flag, strung between the ladders of two fire engines, hung 100 feet over the heads of junior firefighters from the association's 41 departments at the ceremony on Park Boulevard, the site of the new monument in East Meadow.

"We're honoring our junior firefighters' commitment to being the next generation of volunteer firefighters in our great county, and to continue that heroic tradition that we are so proud of," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said at the event.

The association, which prepares teenagers to become firefighters and provides them with community service opportunities, was started in 2006 and has grown to include hundreds of kids - ages 12 to 17 - from all 41 of Nassau County's junior departments.

The ceremony began with the presentation of colors, an opening prayer led by deacon Ted Kolakowski and addresses by several local politicians, including Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Norma L. Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) and State Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove).

Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association president Richard Field, 18, of Valley Stream, and Mangano then tore away blue tarp wrapped around the eight-foot monument that bears the Nassau County Junior Firefighters emblem and the names of the junior firefighter departments.

Also part of the monument are two pint-size stone firefighters that face the structure.

The monument cost more than $100,000 and took about a year to construct, according to Allen Sedaka, owner of Great Neck-based Durite USA. It was paid for by donations from local companies, organizations and area fire departments.

"I'm very proud of what this organization has become and what we've built today," said the association's chairman, Jerry Presta, one of its founders.

"This monument is a testament to all the association's accomplishments in bringing all the junior firefighters together as one," said Field, who will be graduating to join the Valley Stream fire department in the coming months.

 

 

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New York Firefighters Gain Approval for New Firehouse

New firehouse will have space for training and housing for Roslyn firefighters
SCOTT EIDLER, Newsday Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Roslyn Rescue Hook and Ladder Company has secured approvals to build a new firehouse in Greenvale, officials said.

Fire officials plan to build a 14,000-square-foot facility that would replace an existing 1,800-square-foot substation built in 1966. The station, on Locust Street, is too small and not in compliance with federal standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to plans filed with the Town of North Hempstead.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall and cost up to $6.5 million, said Capt. Jon Sendach, a department spokesman.

The North Hempstead Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance for the new firehouse in a 4-0 vote at its April 6 meeting. North Hempstead officials say the plan involves the demolition of the existing firehouse and a two-story single-family home and a detached garage.

Sendach said the company has needed more space since it sold one of its three stations in 2009 because it was landmarked by the Village of Roslyn and could not be renovated or expanded. The new firehouse provides a room for volunteers to train and to stay during snow and rainstorms.

"There wasn't a place you could pull up a chair," Sendach said, likening the existing facility to "a garage."

"To the degree we're able to make the fire stations comfortable for volunteers to gather, we reduce response times," Sendach said of the volunteer firefighters, who often respond to fires from their homes or offices. "We want them to stay at their stations."

The department had difficulty fitting fire apparatus into the station and parked trucks outside. The new station would fit six trucks and other vehicles in garages.

The company covers 16 square miles in the Towns of North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, including the villages of North Hills, Roslyn, East Hills, Roslyn Estates, Brookville, Old Westbury, Flower Hill and Roslyn Harbor.

 

 

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Buffalo Firefighters Rescue Woman in House Fire

Three people were injured in two-alarm fire on Buffalo’s Woodlawn Avenue
Buffalo firefighters rescued occupants from this two-alarm house fire on Friday May 6, 2016. (WIVB photo)
Published Friday, May 6, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fire crews in Buffalo spent hours working on a two-alarm fire at a two-family home on Moselle St. near Woodlawn Ave. as the sun came up Friday morning.

Buffalo officials said one woman was in critical condition with severe burns after a four-person crew rescued her from the home. The 30-year-old was taken to ECMC for treatment.

Another 30-year-old, this one a man, was taken to ECMC after walking out of the home with severe, but non-life threatening injuries.

Also during this time, another woman ran out of the home trying to rip off her clothes because of the extreme heat conditions.

As the morning went on, firefighters worked to put out hot spots on the building’s roof. At least 11 crew members could be seen up there.

Officials believe the fire started on the second floor and spread to the attic. A car in a next-door driveway was also affected.

The cause of the fire, which caused $110,000 in damage, is under investigation.

 

 

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Six Dead in Syracuse House Fire

Early morning fire kills six people on city’s north side
Published Friday, May 6, 2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A pre-dawn fire tore through a home in Syracuse, killing six members of the same family, fire officials said Friday.

Syracuse Fire Department officials said the blaze was reported around 3:50 a.m. at a home on the city's north side. When firefighters arrived just minutes after receiving a 911 call, the front of the house was engulfed in flames, officials said.

Fire Chief Paul Linnertz said firefighters were attempting to enter the front of the burning two-story home when the porch roof collapsed, forcing them to retreat.

"So they had to back out and find another way into the house," Linnertz said.

Firefighters used ladders to enter the second floor, where they found four bodies. Two others were found downstairs.

The flames were put out about 30 minutes later.

Linnertz told Time Warner Cable News that all six victims were related. A seventh person was able to escape and has been taken to a hospital. No other information was released.

Sebira Pehlic told The Syracuse Post-Standard that she "heard a boom" about an hour after returning home from work at 3 a.m. Friday. She looked out a window and saw smoke and flames coming from a house four doors away.

Pehlic says the fire spread quickly. A photo she took that was posted on the newspaper's website shows a wall of flames shooting from the front of the house.

Pehlic said the family living at the home had two daughters ages 7 and 12.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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USFA: New York Firefighter Dies after Emergency Call

New York volunteer passed away at home several hours after responding to the firehouse
United States Fire Administration Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Theodore A. Stafford, 73, of the Sag Harbor Fire Department on May 2, 2016.

Firefighter Stafford died at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined several hours after responding to the fire station for an emergency call.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Stafford at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
 
To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/statistics


Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016.

Candles Seen as Possible Cause of New York City Church Fire

Candles used during Easter celebration may not have been fully extinguished
The remains of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava are seen in New York, Monday, May 2, 2016. The historic church in New York City was destroyed in a raging fire Sunday just hours after its Orthodox worshippers celebrated Easter. Authorities reported one minor injury in the blaze. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Published Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Fire department officials say the cause of a blaze that destroyed a historic New York City church is under investigation but it could have been candles.

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava (SAH'-vah) burned on Sunday, the same day Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter. Fire officials said Tuesday they are looking into whether caretakers at the church may have accidentally placed candles that had not been fully extinguished in a cardboard box after the Easter celebration.

They say the fire is not suspicious, but the investigation is ongoing.

The church was designed by architect Richard M. Upjohn and was built in the early 1850s. One of its earlier congregants was novelist Edith Wharton, who wrote "The Age of Innocence." She was married in the church in 1885.

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