Firefighters Hurt Battling blaze
Two firefighters were injured last Saturday as personnel from Canarsie’s Engine Co. 257 and Ladder Co. 170, joined by companies from other communities, fought an all-hands fire on East 100 Street near Avenue M.
Lieutenant Bill Croak of Battalion 58 said the injured firefighters, one suffering from smoke-inhalation and the other from a cut knee, were treated at the scene and did not have to be taken to the hospital.
Croak said the cause of the fire, which took place at about 6:30 p.m. in the ground floor apartment of the three-story brick house, is still under investigation.
"The apartment looked like it had apparently been converted from a garage," he said, adding that when firefighters arrived neighbors told them that there was a child trapped inside a rear room. Rushing through the apartment amid flames and smoke, the firefighters were relieved to discover the child had escaped through a rear door just as the blaze started to spread.
Croak said rescue units, as well as other emergency services, were also on hand. Charles Rogers