Western Queens Gazette - May 02, 2018by Western Queens Gazette
A tenant rescued from a fast-moving blaze at a Long Island City apartment building on April 24th was listed in critical condition in the burn unit at Weill-Cornell Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said.
Others trapped inside the building at 11-14 46th Avenue were forced onto fire escapes in a desperate attempt to escape, FDNY officials said.
Ten people suffered injuries after the blaze broke out on the first floor of the four-story building at about 10:30 p.m. on April 24th. Five people refused medical attention and four others were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens with minor injuries.
Sixty firefighters from 12 units battled fierce flames for approximately one hour before the blaze was brought under control, a fire spokesperson said. None of the injured were firefighters.
When firefighters entered the building they found a man, severely burned and unresponsive, in a first floor apartment, a fire spokesperson said. Firefighters pulled the man from the scene and FDNY paramedics rushed him to Weill-Cornell Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
A non-working fire hydrant outside the building and clutter inside the victim’s apartment added difficulty in battling the blaze, fire officials said. Fire marshals are investigating to determine a cause.