"All Hands" Called To Fight Smoky Brookdale Hospital Fire
By Charles Rogers
At least 60 firefighters rushed to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center at Linden Boulevard and Rockaway Parkway Monday morning to fight a smoky second floor fire, according to a Fire Department spokesman. No one was injured in the blaze, which sent fire rigs from at least three engine companies and two ladder companies to the scene, according to a Fire Department spokesman
The fire broke out shortly after 6 a.m. in a small, second-floor room, according to Brookdale public affairs executive Ruth Richmond. She said there were "a few" evacuations of patients to other floors, but there was "absolutely no danger to anyone and all the fire plans and emergency procedures were followed precisely.
"As far as evacuation procedures and practiced fire plans," she said, "staff members were right on the mark and took care of things expeditiously and properly."
The Fire Department spokesman said they received the automatic alarm emergency call at 6:22 a.m. and called on "all hands" shortly thereafter, finding the source of the blaze in a small room near a stairway. Although they said that getting the smoke out was a problem that was alleviated in short order. The fire was declared under control at 6:42 a.m.
The FDNY said that, although the fire has not been officially termed suspicious, fire marshals are investigating its origin.