Early Morning Blaze Ripped Through A Bronx Building

Published on January 16, 2017, 6:29 am
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People were yelling for help from a fire escape in the Bronx early Monday morning.

Firefighters rescued them as smoke and flames spread through an apartment building.

In the Belmont section where tenants were assessing the damage and thanking the FDNY.

Apartment 6C at 2359 Beaumont Avenue was charred, destroyed by flames after an early morning fire that started downstairs and engulfed the home that Christina shares with her family.

“Something I never experienced in my life. Now, I know how it feels to be homeless,” she said.

Steven’s family was rushed to St. Barnabas.

“My mom’s  is in the hospital. She is there due to smoke,” he said.

Five (5) people were treated for smoke inhalation after being rescued from the fire escape.

“I seen kids on the fire escape. I seen a woman on the fire escape yelling, but they got there and they told her to calm down. They escorted her down,” Jason Rivera said.

The flames started at 06:00 a.m. in a second floor apartment. It ripped through every belonging and exposed the skeleton of the unit as it spread to a critical point.

“Anytime you have a fire in the air shaft it’s a serious situation,” FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas said.

That allowed the fire to travel upward in the six story building, sending residents out onto the fire escape or sheltering inside. it took firefighters only 3 minutes to arrive.

“They did a fantastic job, I want to tell you they came fast. They got up there. They started watering down, breaking walls,” Nicholas Misciagna said.

Red Cross said they were helping five adults and two kids find a new place to stay.

The FDNY said the three people who were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital are expected to be okay.

One firefighter was also treated for minor injuries.

There have been no arrests made and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1800577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 188857PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stopperswebsite or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All tips will be kept strictly confidential.


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