Off-Duty Firefighter's Home Destroyed in Brooklyn Inferno that Injured 12 FDNY Members

CBS News Radio 880 - September 14, 2020

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A dozen firefighters were injured early Sunday responding to a five-alarm fire in Brooklyn that destroyed the home of an off-duty FDNY member, officials said.

The inferno broke out shortly before midnight inside a home in Dyker Heights.

More than 200 firefighters responded to the scene and battled the fire for four hours as it spread into a neighboring home at 74th Street and 13th Avenue.

The FDNY said all occupants of the homes were accounted for and that no civilians were injured.

The 12 firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Off-duty firefighter Piotr Orlowski, of Engine 202 in Red Hook, rushed to save family members and neighbors, but his home was ultimately destroyed in the fire, the Uniformed Firefighters Association, an FDNY union, said on Twitter.

“He got them out of their own apartment and then he even helped next door,” a friend told the New York Post. “He ran into the first floor back apartment where there’s a man. He’s like 90 years old. He literally carried him out himself, without gear or nothing.”

The union said Orlowski's family has set up a GoFundMe as they search for a new home. The fund had raised over $22,000 of its $30,000 goal by Sunday evening.