2015-11-25 / Front Page

Firefighters Save Baby In Queens Blaze

By Liz Goff
You might call it a Thanksgiving miracle, but the parents of a three-week-old boy rescued from a blaze at their Corona home are saving their thanks for a determined FDNY lieutenant who refused to give up on the baby.

The infant’s frenzied parents, who said the baby was trapped in an attic bedroom, met firefighters who arrived at the house fire on 106th Street in Corona on November 17, fire officials said.

“The mother said she tried to reach the baby but was turned back by the smoke and flames,” an FDNY official said.

Lt. Adam Villagos was one of the first to arrive at the scene, fire officials said. After learning the baby was trapped in the home, Villagos and other members of Engine Co. 316 broke through the flames and made their way to the fourth-floor attic, officials said. Villagos told reporters in a post-fire interview that he heard the baby’s soft whimpers inside the room and reached out through the smoke to locate him. “I reached out and felt his leg,” Vollagros said. “I grabbed him from his crib and handed him over to another firefighter who rushed him to an ambulance.”

The baby was rushed to New York Presbyterian Medical Center Weill Cornell, where he was treated for smoke inhalation.

A family member said the baby, Sunjay Headley, Jr., remained at the hospital overnight for observation. “He is with us now and doing well,” an uncle said.

The baby’s four siblings were able to escape from the home on their own and were not injured, fire officials said.

The infant’s grandmother, Lisa Brown, told reporters she has been praying since the night of the fire. “I’ve been praying for him, for he family, and for the brave firefighters who saved him,” Brown said.


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