10 Injured, 1 Critically, in Fast-Moving South Jamaica Fire, FDNY Says

DNA Info - September 09, 2017

by Trevor Kapp

QUEENS — Firefighters rescued trapped children while battling a South Jamaica house fire that left 10 people injured — one critically — Friday morning, according to the FDNY.

The fire broke out inside a two-story home at 123-60 147th Street, near Rockaway Boulevard, just after 3:30 a.m., fire officials said.

“We had reports of children trapped upstairs and there was heavy fire pushing out on the first floor when we arrived,” FDNY Lt. Brendan Corrigan said. “We heard screaming, so my members quickly made a push up the interior stairs past the fire on the first floor. We all split up to search, and I found them hunkered down behind a closed door in the middle room.”

Corrigan's remarks were posted in the FDNY's official Facebook page.

The critically injured victim was taken to Cornell Hospital for burns, while two other people were taken to Jamaica Hospital with serious injuries, the FDNY said.

Seven others, including five firefighters, were taken to an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

More than 100 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, the FDNY said.

There were no smoke detectors inside the house, according to the FDNY.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.