2 Bravest Are Burned

NY Post - November 13, 2010

by C.J. SULLIVAN and MATTHEW NESTEL

Two firefighters battling a fast-moving basement blaze in Queens last night were burned when a tremendous blast of heat and flames shot through an open door, authorities and witnesses said.

The inferno broke out around 8 p.m. inside a three-family home on 60th Street near 50th Avenue, in Woodside, and was quickly upgraded to two alarms, fire officials said.

Responding firefighters encountered a wall of blinding smoke from the house, which was empty.

"You couldn't see a thing in there," one of the Bravest said. "I got stepped on, kicked, sat on -- it was chaos."

Inside the home, two of the firefighters opened the basement door and were "blown back," according to witnesses on the scene who wished to remain anonymous.

The blast of heat and flames prompted "Mayday" calls for urgent help, but luckily the firefighters escaped with only minor burns.

The pair and another firefighter -- who also suffered minor injuries -- were rushed to New York Hospital and listed in stable condition.

The fire was placed under control about 45 minutes later.