Four Bravest Hurt in 7-Alarm Queens Fire When Roof Collapses on Them, Causing Burns, Injuries

NY Daily News - January 18, 2011

by Kerry Wills

Four firefighters were injured Monday night when the ceiling of a burning Queens metal factory collapsed on them, officials said.

The powerful blaze broke out about 6 p.m. at J&J Ironworks on 150th St. near 97th Ave. in Jamaica, triggering a seven-alarm response.

Officials said no one was inside the factory when the fire started.

Three firefighters were taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell with minor injuries, including one with facial burns, officials said.

Another firefighter was taken to Jamaica Hospital with a back injury.

"The ceiling collapsed on them," said FDNY Deputy Chief Gregory Rup. "They got burned."

After the collapse, firefighters were unable to get to the back of the factory, where the fire continued to rage late last night.

More than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze.

"We've got to rotate them out because it's real cold," Rup said.