Thursday, July 8, 2010

FDNY Battles Heat and Flames in Elmburst

More than two hundred firefighters and EMS personnel were called to battle a five alarm blaze that broke out in Rego Park at about 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

The fire tore through the top two floors and the roof at the seven-story apartment building located at 86-16 60th Avenue.

A spokesperson at the FDNY press office confirmed that the heat index presents a challenging situation for firefighters and that the department compensates by bringing in extra relief and rotating the crews frequently to lower risk for working crews.

Seventeen firefighters suffered injuries related to the blaze and to extreme heat conditions No civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not yet
been determined.

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