Child Rescued from Brooklyn Blaze

Newsday - December 28, 2007

A child caught alone in a fire in a Brooklyn residence suffered serious injuries before she was rescued from the burning building, according to New York fire officials.

Firefighters from Engine 111 responded at 7:23 p.m. Thursday to a blaze in a four-story building at 354 Stuyvesant Ave. in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, according to FDNY spokesman Tim Heaton.

Two firefighters entered the building and heard a child crying in a back room on the second floor. The pair crawled through intense heat and flames coming through an open doorway to the 3-year-old, who they carried back to the street.

The unidentified girl suffered serious burns to about 70 percent of her body. She was treated at the scene by EMS workers and transported in critical condition to the burn center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, officials said.

The blaze was fully contained at 7:51 p.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

It was unknown why the child was alone in the building.