2015-09-16 / Features

Firefighters Rescue Pup From All-Hands Blaze

BY LIZ GOFF

Firefighters who battled a smoky, allhands blaze at a Long Island City apartment building on September 15 were met with applause by neighbors when they walked to the street cuddling a small dog that was trapped in a second-floor bathroom.

The blaze started in the second floor apartment at 36-52 35th Street at about 11:10 a.m. and quickly spread to a thirdfloor apartment located directly above, fire officials said.

Firefighters quickly evacuated other residents at the five-story building and continued to search for other victims who might have been trapped inside the apartment, authorities said.

Firefighters had the blaze under control at about 11:36 a.m., fire officials said. There were injuries.

The residents of the second-floor apartment, a man, two women, three minor children and an infant under the age of one were not at home when the fire started, fire officials said.

A 61-year-old woman who was using a walker arrived at the scene a short while later accompanied by a health aide. The woman told fire officials she had gone out for a walk and was unaware of the fire until she arrived back at the scene.

Red Cross officials arrived at about 1 p.m. to help the victims, find them temporary shelter and provide victim services.

“This is what happens when you have seven people living in a three-room apartment,” one angry neighbor said. “Plus the dog. Thank God the firefighters rescued the poor little guy. People don’t want to think about the consequences that can occur when they pack far too many people in an apartment. They put the rest of the residents at risk and they just don’t give a damn.”

A fire department spokesperson said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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