Mom, Three Children Hospitalized with Severe Injuries in Brooklyn Apartment Building Fire

NY Daily News - July 27, 2020

by ELIZABETH KEOGH and BILL SANDERSON

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Mom, Three Children Hospitalized with Severe Injuries in Brooklyn Apartment Building Fire New York Daily News

ELIZABETH KEOGH and BILL SANDERSON NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | JUL 25, 2020 AT 7:02 PM

Four people were severely hurt in a fire Saturday at a Brooklyn apartment building, the Fire Department said.

Neighbors said the victims were a mother and her three children — a daughter they said is about 10 years old, and two boys who are about 13 and 15.

The blaze erupted about 3:40 p.m. in a top-floor apartment at 180 Wortman Ave., an eight-story New York City Housing Authority building near Vermont St. in East New York. Heavy smoke pushed out the apartment door, said Lt. George Mueller of Brooklyn-based Ladder Co. 107.

“My guys popped the door,” said Mueller. “We were immediately met by a wall of black smoke that came right out in the hallway.”

“It was thick black smoke … zero visibility,” said Mueller. “For us to find the victims, you had to literally be on top of them, face to face.”

“The living room had a lot of fire,” Mueller said.

Mueller found one victim in the apartment’s living room. He and firefighters Khalid Lee and Khalid Lewis found two more victims in a bedroom, one of them gasping for air out a window, and a third victim in a closet.

Mueller, Lewis and Lee got the four people out of the apartment.

“I saw the firemen bringing the girl down the stairs,” said a building resident who didn’t give her name. “She didn’t seem responsive,” the woman said. “The firemen were just trying to get down the stairs with that kid. It was very scary.”

“I hope that little girl comes through. She’s beautiful and very intelligent,” said Josh Figueroa, 42, who also lives on the eighth floor.

All were taken to Brookdale Hospital, said the Fire Department. Their conditions were not available later Saturday.

About 60 firefighters responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire was under investigation on Saturday night.