2005-10-27 / Front Page


By Neil S. Friedman

Firefighters from the Rockaway Park-way firehouse, responding to a one-alarm blaze, rescued a family of three from their Breukelen Houses apartment early last Saturday morning.

About three dozen firefighters from Engine Co. 257 and Ladder Cos. 170 and 174 were dispatched to 104-06 Glenwood Road just after 6 a.m. on Saturday. When they arrived on the scene, according to Rusty Roth of Engine Co. 257, a woman was standing at her sixth-floor bedroom window holding her 3-year-old son and shouting for help.

One eyewitness who was walking her dog told the Daily News she heard 31-year-old Sandra Ramos screaming, “Help me! Help my baby!”

According to officials the fire broke out in the living room and Ramos grabbed two of her children and barricaded themselves in the rear bedroom as the fire spread.

Roth told the Canarsie Courier on Monday that Ramos’ action was the proper thing to do. “By getting away from the flames and closing the bedroom door, she probably saved her family’s lives.”

Firefighters entered the apartment and began looking for its occupants while some extinguished the flames. Before long, firefighter Angelo Covais, of Ladder 170, emerged holding 3-year-old Joshua. Right behind him was Firefighter John Adinolfi, who came out with Ramos and her 13-year-old daughter.

Roth said the blaze was brought under control at about 6:35 a.m.

A spokesperson from the Fire Marshal’s office told the Courier on Tuesday it has been determined that the fire was caused by an “incendiary device,” and may prove to be arson, though it remains under investigation.

Neither Ramos and the children nor the firefighters were injured, but the family was taken to Brookdale Hos-pital and treated for smoke inhalation.

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