2010-11-17 / Features

Two Firefighters Burned In Woodside Inferno

Two firefighters were burned by a blast of flames from an opened basement door during a fast-moving blaze at a Woodside home last week, fire officials said. 

The inferno at the home on 60th Street near 50th Avenue broke out at about 8 p.m. on November 12, fire officials said. The blaze was quickly upgraded to two alarms when responding firefighters encountered a wall of thick smoke inside the empty house.

The injured firefighters were burned when they opened the basement door and were hit with a “bow back” of flames and heavy smoke, eyewitnesses said. Firefighters rushed to assist the two stricken men, who were rushed to New York Hospital and listed in stable condition with non-life threatening burns.

Fire officials said one other firefighter was hospitalized for minor injuries he suffered while battling the blaze that was placed under control at about 8:47 p.m., fire officials said. 

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire. 

–Liz Goff


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