Firefighters Battle Two E. 80s Fires; 9 Hurt
By Charles Rogers
The first took place at 1352 East 83rd Street at about 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and brought at least two ladder companies to fight it. The cause of the fire was not suspicious, authorities on the scene said. The blaze traveled through the ground floor from the front room through to the back bedroom. No one was injured, police said.
Firefighters were alerted to the second blaze at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 and rushed to 1423 East 84th Street where a fire that had apparently started in the garage had spread throughout the rest of the three-story brick house. Two alarms were rung, with 25 units responding, according to a Fire Department spokesman, who said 106 firefighters were brought in to fight the fire.
The fire was declared under control at about 9 p.m., but not before nine firefighters were slightly hurt - some with minor contusions and some with smoke inhalation. They were all treated at the scene of the fire by Emergency Medical Service paramedics. The spokesman said there were no injuries of civilians. While not saying it was suspicious, fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the blaze.