Brooklyn Man Dragged Burning Air Conditioner Into Hallway, Sparking Fire that Killed Him and His Mom

NY Daily News - June 08, 2018

by GRAHAM RAYMAN, JOHN ANNESE and BRITTANY GIBSON

A Brooklyn man sparked the fire that killed him and his mother by dragging a burning air conditioner into his building hallway, FDNY officials said Thursday. Video released by the FDNY shows Isaac Bloome, 36, pulling the fiery AC unit out of his E. 22nd St. apartment at 3:20 a.m. on Wednesday. Once the flaming appliance was in the corridor, Bloome went back inside and called 911.

As Bloome moved the AC, the fire spread through his home, fire marshals concluded. When firefighters arrived, he and his mother, Natalie Floyd, 59, were trapped inside. Bloome, who preferred to go by his nickname, Swift, had two children, 9-year-old Taylor and Logan, 7.

“He used to play dollies with me. And he would have tea party with me and Logan,” Taylor recalled Thursday. “He always helps me with the homework.”

Bloome worked the night-shift packing shipments for FedEx and UPS, his girlfriend, Tamiko Perry said. His mom recently retired from a job with Con Edison.

“He did the best by his kids that he could. And he wanted them to have better than he had. Unfortunately he didn’t get to see that through,” Perry said.

Perry said she and Bloome were trying to plan a trip to Mexico in January. Now, she’s arranging his funeral.

“I knew if it wasn’t for this we’d be together going forward. We made plans to do certain things. We have two children. He was a really good guy,” said Perry. “I loved him. He worked hard. He loves his kids. He loved his family. His father. His grandmother.” The FDNY urges people to leave immediately if a fire breaks out in their home.

“Never try to fight a fire yourself,” the department said. “Create an escape plan and practice it with every member of your family, and remember, your first line of defense is to have a working smoke/CO alarm on every level of your home, including the basement and where you sleep.”