Firefighter Dies after Fall in Ridgewood, Queens

ABC News - April 20, 2017


RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WABC) -- FDNY confirms that a firefighter has died after falling while battling a fire at an apartment building in the Ridgewood section of Queens.

The fire started at 2:20 p.m. at 1615 Putnam Ave, a 5 story apartment building.

Witnesses said the firefighter fell from a ladder bucket, but a city official says it remains remains unclear if the firefighter fell from a ladder or from the roof of the building.

The firefighter was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick, Brooklyn in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.

Mayor de Blasio and fire officials were headed to the hospital late Thursday afternoon.

The fire was placed under control at 3:00 p.m.