One person is dead and two more are seriously injured after an apartment fire in New York City late last month. All three individuals were residents of a single apartment unit in a building located on Elbertson Street in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens.
A young girl was severely injured when she fell into a backyard fire pit earlier this month. EMTs arrived at the New Jersey home within minutes of receiving the call and stabilized the girl at the accident scene before rushing her to a nearby hospital by helicopter. She was admitted and is being treated for second and third degree burns to her face and arms.
An apartment fire in Manhattan left six people injured on March 20th. The early morning blaze started just after 5 AM in a business on the first floor of the building and smoke quickly spread to the apartments above. By the time FDNY arrived on scene the flames had spread throughout Omar's Kitchen and Bakery on East 55th Street and toxic smoke was quickly filling the hallways and stairwells above. Responders worked quickly to evacuate residents of the apartment units above the bakery but several had to be treated for smoke inhalation.
An apartment fire in Brooklyn turned deadly earlier this month when one of the victims of the blaze succumbed to their injuries at a city hospital. The apartment fire in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights broke out around six in the morning on August 17th. The flames quickly spread from the ground floor to the stories above, trapping residents in smoke and flames.
Investigators, digging into an apartment fire that killed five children in New Jersey earlier this month, discovered over a dozen building and fire code violations, including blocked fire escapes. While the blaze happened across the border in New Jersey, similar fire code violations can be found almost anywhere in our city and could very well contribute to deadly apartment fires in New York City.