2003-02-06 / Other News

Firefighters Hurt Battling blaze

Two firefighters from Canarsie’s Engine Co. 257 were injured last Saturday while battling a blaze in a ground floor converted apartment on East 100 Street near Avenue M. The all-hands fire, which started about 8:30 p.m., brought four fire companies to the scene.                                  Photo by Seth GottfriedTwo firefighters from Canarsie’s Engine Co. 257 were injured last Saturday while battling a blaze in a ground floor converted apartment on East 100 Street near Avenue M. The all-hands fire, which started about 8:30 p.m., brought four fire companies to the scene. Photo by Seth Gottfried

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

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